#MuseumStory EP1: The Unlikely Curator and Social Media Guru

Posted by Luis | March 11, 2015

Finally, the first episode of #MuseumStory is here.

For those who are wondering what #MuseumStory is, we decided to host a mini-podcast series about museums who were impacting lives through unique projects. It was only meant to be for the month of March but since we’re a tad late, it will pour into April.

Since most of the stories were submitted by museum professionals, the #MuseumStory podcast will be geared for that same audience.

In this first episode, we interview “The Unlikely Curator”, Tommy Gelinas.

He’s a businessman who also happens to be the self-taught curator of the San Fernando Valley Relics Museum.

Tommy Gelinas

The Unlikely Curator, Tommy Gelinas

Tommy doesn’t look like your typical curator. Don’t let his looks fool you though, he carries more passion than your average curator.

He has a knack for rallying the San Fernando Valley natives by leveraging social media. Be sure to listen to this episode for some of his insights.

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Below are questions and topics covered in this interview (in order):

  • Can you tell us more about the San Fernando Valley Relics Museum, what are you guys doing differently, and how are you encouraging visitors to visit frequently?
  • What have you found works for and with volunteers?
  • Stories about how volunteers lives have been impacted
  • In your opinion, why do you think some museums struggle with embracing social media?
  • How much does personality play into presentation?
  • Where do you find the right talent for your museum?
  • Tommy’s secret sauce
  • In your opinion, how can a museum become vital to a community?
  • Achieving social media success
  • Do you think KiwiJar has a place in the museum industry?

If you enjoyed this episode, don’t forget to share it using the hashtag #MuseumStory.

  • Adriana

    Priceless insight that’s simple, but so promising! I agree that people love what they can reference and social media is the place to get that attention! I teach 9th grade and even these guys get excited to see what their neighborhoods looked like 50 years ago.