Glossary of Museum-Related Hashtags

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A guide to conversations about museums, technology, and education on Twitter.

#musetechMuseums and technology (defined very broadly).

This hashtag was started waaaaay back in 2010 by Carrie Kotcho and yours truly as part of a graduate course at GWU, called "Museums and Technology." We're so proud of how our baby has grown up.
#musesocialMuseums and social media.

See also: International Museum Social Media Managers Facebook Group
#musewebMuseum websites and web-based projects.

Not to be confused with the excellent Museums and the Web conference (@museweb).
#mtogoMuseums and mobile technologies.

Includes smartphones, tablets, apps, responsive web design
#musedataData & analyticsTechnology
#openglamGLAMs opening up cultural heritage data under free license.

GLAM= Galleries Libraries Archives Museums. See: OpenGLAM initiative
#glamwiki / #wikiglamWikipedia/Wikimedia partnerships with GLAMs.

A subset ofRelated to #openglam but dealing specifically with how GLAMs can contribute to Wikimedia projects.
#LODLAMLinked open dataTechnology
#PokeMuseumPokémon GoTechnology
#artstechArts, culture, and technology.

Also see: #artstech meetups in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and San Francisco
#itweetmuseumsMuseum pros tweeting from personal accounts.

See @itweetmuseums for more on this initiative of @MarkBSchlemmer
#museogeekMuseums and technology. Like #musetech, but en françaisTechnology
#MuseumsRespondToFergusonMuseums and social justice.

Critical discussion of museums, justice, and race organized by @aleiabrown and @adriannerussell
Diversity & Justice
#MuseumWorkersSpeakSocial justice inside museums.

Ongoing discussion about diversity and equity in hiring, internships, pay
Diversity & Justice
#museumhueAdvancing the diversity of people of color in the arts and creative economy; follow @museumhueDiversity & Justice
#a11yAccessibility and universal designDiversity & Justice
#MusewomenWomen and leadership in museum tech.

Mentorships and more
Diversity & Justice
#museumedMuseum education.

See also: #iammuseumed.
#edtechEducational technology resources and tools. Focuses largely on K-12 formal classroom education.Education
#MuseumEdChatWeekly museum education chat.

Thursday nights, founded by @CabinetofCurios
#mpossibleWeekly museum education chat.

Chats hosted by @SIEdLab (Smithsonian EdLab) on Thursdays, 4pm ET.
#edutuesWeekly arts ed chat with the @QueensMuseum Education department.

Tuesday afternoons ET.
#artsPRchatPublic relations and arts organizations.

Hosted by @missionkeycom. Brings together PR, marketing and arts pros.
#EMPchatEmerging Museum Professionals.

Hosted by @msjskennedy.
#ARCSchatMuseum collections.

Hosted by @Arcs4All.
#MuseumHourWeekly chat based in UK.

Mondays, 8pm; moderated by @museumhour.
#edtechchatWeekly chat about educational technology and its impact on teachers and students.

Mondays, 8-9pm ET.
#ntchatWeekly chat and mentoring for new and pre-service teachers.

Wednesdays, 8-9pm ET.
#artsedchatWeekly chat for arts education practitioners, particularly in schools.

Thursdays, 12-7pm ET.
#sschatWeekly chat for social studies teachers to improve instruction.

Mondays, 7pm ET. Also see: sschat ning community.
#MuseCrushMonWeekly shout outs to favorite museums/pros.

Mondays, founded by @MSTD_IUPUI. See also: #MuseumMonday.
#AskACuratorQ&A day with museum curators. Every September.Campaigns & Discussions
#AskAnArchivistQ&A day with archivists. Every October. Campaigns & Discussions
#MuseumWeekWeeklong collaboration with Twitter highlighting museums. Every March; look for daily hashtag themes.Campaigns & Discussions
#SlowArtDayAnnual day to slow down and look. Every April; hosted by @SlowArtDay.Campaigns & Discussions
#drinkingaboutmuseumsInformation about informal happy hours for museum types. Check for events happening in cities around the world (e.g., #drinkingaboutmuseumsdc) on Google+ and check out this history/how to blog post.Campaigns & Discussions
#SuperbOwlFeature unique (b)owls in your collection.

A clever play on words during the U.S. football championship.
Campaigns & Discussions
#MuseumSwearJarOverused words and phrases in museums.

Follow @MuseumSwearJar for the best examples.
Campaigns & Discussions
#MuseumDocumentationCollections information for museum registrars+Campaigns & Discussions
#MuseumJobsJobs in the cultural sector. See also #MuseumJob and #musejob.Campaigns & Discussions

Now it’s your turn…what hashtags do you find most useful?

Note: Originally posted May 28, 2013. Updated August 1, 2016 with help from the museum community.

29 thoughts on “Glossary of Museum-Related Hashtags

  1. Great list! I’ve learned a lot by following many of those tags. I also tune into #SMmeasure which is not specifically museum oriented, but is focused on Social Media measurement. They have weekly chats.

  2. This list is AWESOME!

    Under Museum Education, MoMA does a weekly (Thursday afternoon) twitter chat using #AskMoMAEd

  3. Anna Lindgren-Streicher (@astreichs) and I have begun tweeting museum evaluation under #museval irregularly, but we will be ramping up as the Visitor Studies Conference #VSA2013 is in July.

  4. Very interesting and necessary post. In the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum (Madrid, Spain) have several hashtag on education and museums: #MSEP_EThyssen, #Musaraña and #aquipintamostodos (Each associated with an educational program determined) also performed a Tweet conversation per month with #museoescuela. I have several as #educadoradormir, which is part of an editorial project on education and museums. Thanks

  5. Ooops, and I realize now two more are missing under Museums and Technology: #museumnext and #mw2013 both related to annual Conferences, providing tons of interesting tweets.

    1. Thanks for the additions, Conxa! I didn’t include conference hashtags as they often change each year and are quiet except during proposal season and the actual conference. But they certainly can be some of the most useful hashtags to follow during those times! I actually have a “Conferences” tab set up in HootSuite for this purpose.

    1. These are two hashtags I follow regularly and are great for engaging with a wide variety of museums all over the world, and directing traffic to our website. #collectionfishing and whatever theme @CultureThemes is currently promoting via Twitter (it might be socks, memories or cake!) It’s fun and very engaging!

    1. Great to see #MuseumDocumentation included – but it’s not just for registrars, and not just collection information! It’s for anyone who works with documentation in a museum – curators, conservators, educators, collections managers, documentalists, etc., etc. – and also for anyone who wants to know what documentation is or why it’s important. Perhaps better described as ‘Documentation and its role in museums: sharing knowledge, day-to-day experiences, and unusual discoveries’?

  6. This is a great list, I would add #FoHMuseums and #FoH for everything relating to front of house in museums!

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