Faculty at Johns Hopkins University
- Greater New York City Area
- Museums and Institutions
Paul Pearson's Overview
- Faculty Member - Museum Studies at Johns Hopkins University
- Museum and Interpretive Planning Consultant at Paul Pearson
- Senior Vice President of Visitor Experience at Brooklyn Children's Museum
- board member at YMEC
- Curator of Exhibits, Director of Exhibits at South Street Seaport Museum
Paul Pearson's Summary
Paul Pearson is an independent museum consultant specializing in strategic and experience planning. He is a faculty member of the Museum Studies Graduate Program at Johns Hopkins University where he online courses in Exhibition Strategies and Business of Museums.
Paul recently investigated audience potential and best practices in program and facility design for a new children's museum planned in Doha, Qatar as well as guided experience planning and editorial projects for history and science centers.
Paul was formerly the Senior VP of Visitor Experience at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum (BCM) where he led interpretive planning and experience development for a 52,000 square-foot capital expansion completed in 2008. Paul oversaw the growth of BCM’s exhibition, education and collections initiatives as well as visitor service planning, membership and earned income between 2001 and 2009. He entered the museum field as a freelance designer before joining South Street Seaport Museum in 1986 as Exhibits Manager, then Curator and Director of Exhibitions.
Paul is an alumnus of the Getty Foundation’s Museum Leadership Institute and served as President of the Youth Museum Exhibit Collaborative between 2005 and 2009. Paul holds a B.S. in art and education from St. John’s University (Minnesota) and received M.A. and M.F.A. degrees from the University of Iowa.
Strategic planning and organizational leadership, exhibit and program development, grant writing, sustainable design, capital expansion, earned income planning, visitor studies and understanding audience.
Paul Pearson's Experience
Faculty Member - Museum Studies
Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry
January 2011 – Present (3 years 9 months)
Teaching online graduate level courses on Exhibition Strategies, Museum Professions and Business of Museums at the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.
Museum and Interpretive Planning Consultant
November 2009 – Present (4 years 11 months)
Independent museum consultant specializing in strategic planning, experience development and organizational and project design. His clients include U.S.S. Constitution Museum, Barnum Museum, New-York Historical Society, Discovery Education and the Qatar Museum Authority.
Senior Vice President of Visitor Experience
Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Museums and Institutions industry
November 1996 – November 2009 (13 years 1 month)
Paul led a comprehensive experience initiative for a 52,000 square foot expansion of Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Oversaw planning and implementation of a new interpretive environment and visitor services that created a new standard for visitor satisfaction, achieved record attendance and membership levels, recognition for excellence by museum peers, and increased earned revenue by 400% over six years.
Curator of Exhibits, Director of Exhibits
Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Museums and Institutions industry
1984 – 1996 (12 years)
Paul led projects teams responsible for planning, design and production of the exhibition program for a major maritime museum charged with interpreting the commercial, industrial, and social history of New York as a world port.
Paul Pearson's Skills & Expertise
- Grant Writing
- Museum Education
- Sustainable Design
- Program Development
- Exhibit Design
- Community Outreach
- Interpretive Planning
- Strategic Planning
- Government Relations
- Organizational Budgeting
- Museum Collections
- Experience Design
- Art Exhibitions
- Arts Administration
- Art History
- Graphic Design
Paul Pearson's Education
Paul Pearson's Additional Information
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