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Museums and Science Center Executive Search Clients of James Abruzzo

Science museums are found in most major cities in North America, Europe, and, more recently throughout Asia.   They are one of the visitor attractions that define the modern, growing city, along with cultural centers, museums, zoos and aquariums.    Science museums, with or without collections, are at the forefront of STEM learning and take science informal education to a new level.   Once thought of as places of learning for children, they now are a gathering place for everyone interested in topics such as the environment, health, the intersection of science and humanity, and are a forum for discussion on issues that can change the world.  James has worked with science centers in the US and abroad and also is a frequent speaker at consortia and conferences.  James surveyed the state of succession planning among science centers in ASTC James believes that the best science center leaders are those whose intentions are to change the world.

James is also an experience recruiter for directors of art museums; he has conducted searches for art museum directors, written about the search process, opines frequently on compensation of art museum directors and the ethics of museum leadership

Science Museums and Science Centers

Adventure Science Center
President and CEO

American Museum of Natural History
Director of AMNH Library; VP, Design; VP Information Technology

Association of Science-Technology Centers, Inc.

Brooklyn Children’s Museum

Cereal City Museum
Executive Director

Davenport Museum of Art
Executive Director

Denver Museum of Nature & Science

George Eastman House
Executive Director

Joslyn Art Museum
Executive Director

Liberty Science Center
VP, Guest Services; Compensation Consulting

Maryland Science Center

Museum of the African Diaspora
Executive Director

National Museum of Science and Industry, London
VP, Development

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Pacific Science Center
VP, Exhibits; VP, Science & Education

Rochester Museum & Science Center

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum
VP, Education

ScienceCenter (Ithaca, NY)


St. Louis Science Center
VP, Development

Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand
Director, Experience

The New Jersey Historical Society
Director of Development; Executive Director

The Newark Museum
President and Director; COO, Deputy Directors, Education, Finance and Marketing

The State Hermitage Museum
Executive Director

The Textile Museum
VP, Development

US Holocaust Memorial Museum
Strategy Consulting

Contact James to discuss executive search services.