Museum Consultant

Alice Parman fell in love with museums in 1972 and has worked in and around them ever since. She brings both experience and creativity to your interpretive planning project. A skilled facilitator, Alice elicits good ideas from all participants, then adds her own perspective. She works collaboratively with your team to develop an interpretive approach that’s a perfect match for your institution and your community.

Teaming with Alan Ransenberg of The Alchemy of Design, Alice is working with the Pratt Museum in Homer, Alaska, on new and renewed exhibits for their new building. She and Alan recently collaborated on an overview of modifications to an existing exhibit and plans for a new display at the University of Oregon Museum of Natural & Cultural History. In March 2015, Alice facilitated a planning session for the Lord & Schryver Conservancy of Salem, Oregon; the focus was their newly acquired property, Gaiety Hollow.

Organizational Coach

Alice honed her managerial and problem-solving skills as department head at a large museum and director of two smaller nonprofits. As a coach she’s always in your corner, helping you cope, plan, and succeed. Careful analysis and collaborative exploration inform her specific, practical recommendations. Through training, encouragement, and guidance, Alice helps build individual capabilities and organizational strengths.

Focus On:

Exhibit Makeovers: A Do-It-Yourself Workbook for Small Museums
By Alice Parman and Jeffrey Jane Flowers (AltaMira Press, 2008).

Read the review in Museum, July/August 2008

Weber Co. DUP plan.pdf

Karen Stark created this 5-step plan to introduce board members, staff, docents, and volunteers to the Exhibit Makeovers process. Karen is Curator at the Weber County Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum in Ogden, Utah. (Shared by permission of Karen Stark.) Click here for more information about the Weber County DUP.

Download printable Exhibit Makeovers worksheets (pdf)

A new and improved 2nd edition of Exhibit Makeovers will be published by Rowman & Littlefield in January 2017. Stay tuned!

Alice recommends:

Polly McKenna-Cress and Janet A. Kamien, Creating Exhibitions: Collaboration in the Planning, Development, and Design of Innovative Experiences (Wiley, 2013). A comprehensive guide to museum-based exhibit development, with an emphasis on organization and process. Fascinating case studies make this book a gold mine for practitioners.

Art of Relevance, by Nina Simon (Museum 2.0, 2016). Nina's experiences as a museum director inform this thoughtful book, along with case studies from her excellent Museum 2.0 blog. Read more here.

Stephanie Weaver's excellent book, Creating Great Visitor Experiences: A Guide for Museums, parks, Zoos, Gardens, & Libraries, offers structured steps for making your museum more welcoming and rewarding for all, in a DIY format. Click here to learn more, and while you're at it, take a look at Stephanie's richly informative website.

© Alice Parman, Ph.D., 2004-2009. All rights reserved.