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Lives of Museum Junkies
Peer into the political and educational climate of the 60’s to discover factors that propelled the hands-on education movement into prominence. Follow the missteps and breakthroughs of Marilynne Eichinger and 11 other naive but dedicated museum directors, board volunteers and National Science Foundation managers as they strove to change the way science was taught. Their oft humorous stories are revealed with candor and clarity.  Responding to the latest research in learning and child development they created engaging, self-teaching displays that impacted the landscape of 2900 centers worldwide while serving 98 million people in the U.S. The story Eichinger tells is full of humor as she candidly shares mistakes, bloopers and difficulties experienced in getting an interactive museum off the ground.
Reviews
Bud Rock, Executive Director Association of Science and Technology Museums.

“ The book is very well written and easy to enjoy.  This topic requires a "storytelling" approach, and it has been captured well.  Those recognized in the chapters should be honored for your treatment of their many accomplishments. The book concludes with a valuable perspective on the future of museums.  That future will be a function of the leaders who take to heart the many "lessons" that are offered.”

David Ucko, Museums+ More LLC

“Marilynne shares the experiences and insights of many who shaped the field, along with her personal reflections. Her engaging book will help you see science museums in a new light.”

Ginnie Cooper, Past director of Washington D.C., Brooklyn, and Portland Librar

“This great read tells the story of the beginning of science museums through the eyes of early pioneer Marilynne Eichinger.  She includes lessons from her life and the lives of other pioneers in museums of experience.  Recommended for those who care about museums, libraries and society today.”

Jean M. Auel, author "Clan of the Cave Bear"

"Mariynne Eichinger has created a very worthwhile contribution with her thorough analysies of science museums. Her book will bring added interest to museums and what they can offer now and in the future." 

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