not so serious

Sometimes fun is just fun

Working at a museum is serious business. These institutions know the community depends on them to tell them the truth about science. This can result in a somewhat stogy, humorless corporate personality. To counter this, museums have events that are not particularly aimed at improving visitors' critical thinking skills, but are just a fun use of the facility. Science IS fun, but sometimes fun is fun, too. These examples show some of the projects I've been involved with that help round out the museum personality. People--and institutions--that can laugh are generally seen as less threatening than ones who seem to have a permanent scowl. In that regard, lightening the mood makes visitors more relaxed and comfortable around all those PhD types. Here is a sample of some of the projects that have leaned toward having a good time. Lots of overlap with the scientific stuff, but that is, after all, always the goal.