About the show

I believe that museums are one of the best ways to discover a place, whether it’s your first time visiting or you’ve lived there your whole life. Join me on this adventure as I get to know the world….one museum as a time.

This is a podcast for people who love museums, stories, culture, and exploring the world. In Season 1, the podcast focuses on museums in Iceland. Season 2 explores the museums of Maryland.

I’m your host, Hannah Hethmon, and in each episode I visit a different museum to discover its stories, discuss challenges and triumphs with fascinating museum professionals (and volunteers), and get to know each season’s country, state, or region through it museums.

Get bonus material from each episode (photos, further reading, links) by visiting individual episode pages at hhethmon.com. Use the hashtag #MuseumsinStrangePlaces on social media.

Interested in starting a podcast at your organization? Check out my new book, "Your Museum Needs a Podcast: A Step by Step Guide to Podcast on a Budget for Museums, History Organizations, and Cultural Nonprofits," available on Amazon. 

What fans say about the podcast

Takes You There!

What a gem of a podcast! The host really takes you with her on the visits and you feel as though you can look up and see the places and experience the locations. The cohosts/ interviewees are really knowledgable as well so it's a great listen.

Karbar1100 (on Apple Podcasts)

What a Lovely Suprise

What a lovely surprise. I thought this might be directed only as museum professionals but it wasn't. I heard it as a museum "attender" This [podcast] made me think more about the institutions I'm visiting and appreciate the work that goes into making it possible.

Sylvan biker (on Apple Podcasts)

Wonderful podcast!

Compelling, quirky, and masterful. Hannah has a talent for coaxing amazing stories from her interviewees. VERY highly recommended!

CitizenSissy (on Apple Podcasts)

About the Host

Hannah Hethmon

Hannah Hethmon

Creator and Host

Hannah Hethmon is a consultant and producer specializing in all things podcasting for museums, history organizations, and cultural nonprofits. She is the creator and host of two shows: Museums in Strange Places and London is Ok I Guess. She is the author of the book Your Museum Needs a Podcast: A Step-By-Step Guide to Podcasting on a Budget for Museums, History Organizations, and Cultural Nonprofits. Her production and consulting work includes shows and projects for the UK National Archives, the Smithsonian Institution, the Science History Institute, the Peale Center, and the Vagina Museum. Hannah holds an MA in Viking and Medieval Norse Studies from the University of Iceland and is a Fulbright alumni. Originally from the greater Washington, D.C. area, she has lived in Iceland, Denmark, and Poland and currently lives in London….which is ok she says. 

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