Adult Programs have been growing in popularity among area museums in recent years. Whether it be wine tasting at the Franklin Institute, funky art and music at the Academy of Fine Arts, an awesomely awful film at the Academy of Natural Sciences, or regular museum programming with libations and later hours, many institutions in the city are jumping on this bandwagon.
Last week, the South Jersey Courier-Post explored some of the different adult programs offered in area museums. After the obligatory reference to Night at the Museum, the article goes on to describe experiences at the Mütter Museum, Academy of Natural Sciences, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Barnes Foundation. These adult-oriented activities are often fun, educational, and a great way for EMPs to rub elbows with established museum professionals in a casual environment.
This article is just the tip of the iceberg. Have you experienced adult programming at a Philadelphia museum? What did you think of it? What kind of adult programming would you like to see implemented at area museums? Drop us a line in the comments below or by emailing us at phillyemp[at]gmail.com.
Sometimes, art imitates life. Sometimes, vice versa.
For instance, take the Ben Stiller movie, “Night at the Museum.” Stiller plays a museum night watchman who interacts with exhibits that come alive after hours. Mayhem results, but the upshot is attendance increases at the museum.
Minus the mayhem, you have here one of the biggest trends in museums around the region: after-hours museum programming promising hands-on interaction aimed at growing the adult market.