Inclusive Museum Journal Award

The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum offers an annual award for newly published research or thinking that has been recognized to be outstanding by members of The Inclusive Museum Research Network.

Award Winner for Volume 9

LA's Diamond in the Rough: The Museum of Jurassic Technology

LA’s Museum of Jurassic Technology opened its doors in 1989 and a cult following soon developed amongst artists and academics across southern California due in large part to its more subversive qualities. The museum did more than merely introduce visitors to interesting objects and curious bits of minutiae; unique among contemporary museums, the MJT modeled alternative modes of memory and history, both in regards to collective groups and the individuals who populated them. This new model of the museum-going experience was largely predicated upon a startling twist: visitors were exposed to narratives both genuine and fabricated, often presented in adjacent displays and with no indication as to which was which. In blending the fictional with the factual, the museum follows the tradition of 18th century curiosity cabinets, Victorian flea circuses, and turn-of-the-century dime museums, where the patron, in many ways, would play the willing fool. One of the museum’s significant accomplishments was that it undermined the reliability of memory while drawing attention to the fact that knowledge is always mediated. This paper will explore these aspects of the visitor experience, and others, to shed light upon this testament to the wonder and joy of acquiring knowledge.

Past Award Winners

Volume 8

Humanizing and Heroizing the Fetus: The Production of Reproduction at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry

Kristin Otto, The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp.33–42


Volume 7

Accessibility of Museums in Barbados

Allison Callender, The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp.17–27


Volume 6

Keeping Interactive Art Interactive

Jennifer Eiserman and Gerald Hushlak, The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp.183–196


Volume 5

Re-envisioning the Museum: Developing the International African American Museum in Charleston, South Carolina during an Economic Crisis

Mary Battle, The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp.11–24


Volume 4

Facilitating Inclusivity: The Politics of Access and Digitisation in a South African and Canadian Museum

Laura Kate Gibson and Hannah Turner, The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp.1–14


Volume 3

Inclusivity, Objectivity, and The Ideal: The Museum as Utopian Space

Donald Dunham, The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp.39–48


Volume 2

New Media Interactivity in the Museum: Democratisation or Dumbing Down?

Ingrid Templer, The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp.165–178


Volume 1

Beyond the Rational Museum: Toward a Discourse of Inclusion

Janice Baker, The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp.23–30