Friday, June 24, 2011

Made Me Feel Special: Part 2

Some of you may know that I am also involved with The Lyric Opera of Chicago, on stage in costume and makeup in front of 3,600 people, as a Supernumerary (acting extra.) I have been doing this for some 20 years and have been in over 15 operas. My spirit soars when I am on stage in the middle of this glorious music and superb voices working with world renowned directors, fantastic back stage staff, and fellow Supers who have become a back stage family.

I received a post on facebook from Rachel, who is an Assistant Stage Manager at the Lyric and with whom I have worked in several operas. She said, "Your exhibit was a HIT with my two sons!! Thank you so much!!"

She included this photo of her sons plus another visitor in Michael's Museum. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Collecting Teaches

What must Michael's Museum be teaching the thousands of children who visit Chicago Children's Museum?

CLICK HERE TO GO TO an article on the BABYCENTER website.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

UPDATE: Team Reflections June 13, 2011

Today's meeting started with the Michael's Museum Team gathering for lunch downstairs at Kappy's. Non-stop, non-musuem chat and good food ensued. 

The reflections meeting included Michele sharing highlights of the survey feedback from team members regarding the team experience and suggestions for improving the process for the next exhibit. A majority of the team members felt that their experience rated 9 or higher on a scale of 0 - 10. It was felt that the interdepartmental teams worked well.

Observations of visitor experiences were shared and it was noted that the exhibit has been an instant success. Some manipulatives in the exhibit are working, others are not as successful, some are disappearing - which was expected. The Video Collection Frame is working well and more photos that have been e-mailed in will be added. 

The Visiting Collection Exhibit concept will be shared with staff so they or their children may join in. Presence in the Media was summarized. General comments included the strong graphic identity/presence, entrance design is great providing a more residential setting with visitors really engaged with the small door and Museum Mouse, and that the presence of Michael in the exhibit really informs and enhances the experience.

Possible additions and changes in MM for FY 12 were discussed. Future educational experiences for visitors is under consideration.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Made Me Feel Special

Received a great card from a great God Child: "I don't even know where to begin in congratulating you .... Michael's Museum embodies my childhood experience. I have so many fond memories of opening drawers and cabinets, looking at old favorites, and discovering new ones. The magic never disappeared even as I grew older. You created a fantastical world that we are all so lucky to have been a part of. All of the children (and adults) that will now get to experience Michael's Museum are so lucky .... Thank you for always showing me that growing older doen't mean you have to grow up and that there truly is magic in the little things. All my love, WG"

Come Visit

‎"The Curator is In" tomorrow at Michael's Museum from 10:30 - 12:00. Come visit. Say "Hello!" to Michael, see the collections, install a "Visitor Display," go on a "Museum Walk & Talk," play the "Coffee Table Game," find the "Museum Mouse," take a picture next to your favorite collection (or with Michael:•)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

June 7, 2011: "The Curator is In"

Hi. This is Michael, Curator of Michael's Museum: A Curious Collection of Tiny Treasures at Chicago Children's Museum on Navy Pier.

We had fun today at Michael's Museum's THE CURATOR IS IN" Program which takes place on specially scheduled days from 10:30-12:30. We looked at all the collections, told stories, played the "Coffee Table Game," and arranged collections with CCM provided "Tiny Treasures" in the empty cabinets scattered throughout the exhibit.

One visitor showed me her favorite collection in one of the drawers and when I suggested that her mom take a picture of her next to the collection, they were very sad because Mom had forgotten the camera AND her cell phone in the hotel (they are visiting from San Francisco.)

I suggested that I take the picture with my cell phone and e-mail it to them, which I did. Here is the picture and I think I am safe posting it because they will remain nameless. But isn't she cute!

Sunday, June 5, 2011


I have moved all of the Michael's Museum photographs to a new site (as noted above) and invite you to visit them if you haven't already. I will be adding more over time so check back.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Wee Windy City Blog

Caitlin Giles really captures the essence of Michael's Museum at Chicago Children's Museum. Read more: Wee Windy City

Michael Horvich, the man behind Michael's Museum