The way my heart was pounding, you would have thought I was about to win an Oscar award.

But I’m no Angelina Jolie, and I wasn’t wearing Valentino (Top Shop, actually). Instead, I was about to receive a Muse Award on behalf of the Aquarium’s content development and digital media team for the work we did on the anglerfish interactive, which you might have seen during our winter feature exhibit Luminescence.

Having my photo taken by an awards rep after our big win.

Having my photo taken by an awards rep after our big win.

The Muse Awards, in its 25th year, recognizes outstanding achievement in institutions that use digital media to enhance visitor experience and engage audiences. It took place during the American Alliance of Museums annual conference in Seattle.

The rest of my time in Seattle was spent with my colleagues from the Aquarium’s design team, learning about how other institutions approach interpretation and exhibit design.

I was blown away by the size of the conference. You may remember, faithful reader, my stint at the International Sturgeon Symposium in the summer of 2013. Whereas there were some three hundred participants there, it felt like there were easily over a thousand participants in Seattle.

Winning the Muse Award was a highlight of the conference, though I also quite enjoyed being introduced to the Nordstrom Rack discount store.

Written by Karen Horak, writer-editor, content and digital experience at the Vancouver Aquarium.

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