Museum spaces can be designed in ways that bring life and meaning to even the most dry and complex of topics, with economics being no exception. The magic of an exhibit relies on its capacity to speak to all possible visitors and to make concepts relevant by linking them to daily life. Strategies like interactivity, immersion environments, and visitor dialogue are tools of the present times. Let’s talk about how economics has conquered the world of museums and is helping to transform people’s lives.
Silvia Singer, Founder and General Director of the Interactive Museum of Economics, Mexico City
Silvia Singer is the General Director and founder of the Interactive Museum of Economics (MIDE) in Mexico City. The first museum of its kind in the world, MIDE aims to build critical and creative thinking amongst visitors and users, as a place where economics, finance, and sustainable development serve as lenses through which we can better interpret our world.
Silvia has established a system of comprehensive museological analysis, based on thorough research and development of avant-garde formats based on the social and educational value of museums. Her work sustains a deep understanding of the languages and communication structures of a hyperconnected society in constant evolution.
Silvia has served as Director of the Science Museum at the National University of Mexico (UNAM): Universum and Museo de la Luz. She has also participated in the design and creation of various exhibitions and museums from conceptualization stage to opening at the Children’s Museum of Mexico City and Life’s Spiral in Puerto Rico.
Silva is the creator of the MIDE’s model, which has been exported to at least four other museums of economy and finance established in recent years in France, Canada, Austria, and USA. She currently advises the Museum of Environmental Science in Jalisco and the SAMA Gate for Knowledge, an economics museum in Saudi Arabia.
As an international leader in her field, Silvia participated on the Board of Directors of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC). She was also President of the International Council of Museums in Mexico (ICOM-Mexico) and the Mexican Science Museum Association (AMMCCYT). Co-founder and Chair of the International Federation of Finance Museums (IFFM). Today she chairs the Science Center World Summit that will happen in Mexico in December 2020, with MIDE as the host of this prestigious conference.