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Tweeting museums

In Museums, what i'm reading on April 19, 2011 at 3:12 pm

I follow quite a few museums on twitter.

Most of them put out the same kinds of content – information about events and exhibitions coming up, along with the occasional interesting retweet or information about intriguing objects in their collections. But many of them are delivering rather similar content.

But recently I’ve seen a few institutions being more creative with their tweets – getting objects from the collections to tweet. (To be honest, it looks like this idea has been around for a while and I’ve only just noticed it.)

@NatHistoryWhale is the whale from the ceiling of the Natural History Museum in New York. He (or she?) tweets about American politics and the state of affairs in the arts sector, along with notes about marine conservation.

@SUEtheTrex describes herself thus: “I’m a Leo, I like meat, Chicago, the movie Jurassic Park, and what else? Oh yeah, I’m the world’s greatest apex predator.” She’s the hilarious Tyrannosaurus-Rex at the Field Museum in Chicago who writes haikus for followers and makes jokes about visitors and other museum objects she doesn’t like. And it must be working – she has over 3000 followers!

@William_Kidd was the most infamous pirate to be executed in London. He’s also the subject of a temporary exhibition this summer at the Museum of Docklands, Pirates: The Captain Kidd Story and tweets regular updates about life as a swash-buckling adventurer.

Other favourites of mine include @YuffyMOH, the official twitter feed of the learning team at the Museum of Hartlepool and @EmperorHadrian who updates us all about what’s going on at the various tourist sites along Hadrian’s Wall.

There are many more out there. You can check out more of them on this twitter list or just have a search and see what you can find.

Who – or what – will we see tweeting next?

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