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Are you wanting to learn more about museums ? Well you’ve come to the right place. This is a curated list of the best museums podcasts of 2021.

We have selected these podcasts for a variety of reasons, but they are all well worth a listen. We tried to select a variety of podcasts across the spectrum from hosts with a wide breadth of experience.

We are always keen to hear your feedback, if we have missed a podcast, tweet us @MagazineWelp and we will check it out!

Best Museums Podcasts 2021

With thanks to ListenNotes, Crunchbase, SemRush and Ahrefs for providing the data to create and rank these podcasts.

Museum Archipelago

  • Publisher: Ian Elsner
  • Total Episodes: 92

A tiny show guiding you through the rocky landscape of museums. Museum Archipelago believes that no museum is an island and that museums are not neutral. Taking a broad definition of museums, host Ian Elsner brings you to different museum spaces around the world, dives deep into institutional problems, and introduces you to the people working to fix them. Each episode is never longer than 15 minutes, so let’s get started.

Museums n’That

  • Publisher: Leeds Museums & Galleries
  • Total Episodes: 17

This is Museums n’That, a podcast by Leeds Museums & Galleries. Museums attract passionate people like moths to a flame and this podcast gets to the very heart of the things that make them tick, by asking the questions you actually want to know. Hosts Meg and Sara pour the tea over topics you never knew you needed to know about. Can you archive an orange? How do you clean a sculpture? What’s the greatest city in the world? Spoiler alert: it’s Leeds.

For Arts’ Sake

  • Publisher: For Arts’ Sake
  • Total Episodes: 23

Welcome to the podcast For Arts’ Sake. Here we discover what museums are really for and what people who work there really do. Above all, we find out what impact museums have on people’s life. Every week we ask leading museum professionals to share their stories. These stories are about the groundbreaking work that these people do – for arts’ sake and for your sake

I Can Steal That!

  • Publisher: Pete Stegemeyer
  • Total Episodes: 57

Like heists, scams, and cons? I Can Steal That! is the true crime podcast that’s never too heavy. Each episode tells the story of some of history’s most outrageous heists, cons, and scams and the fascinating people behind them. Host Pete Stegemeyer breaks down the details of each case for a comedic guest and will change the way you look at banks, museums, and grifts.

Museum Confidential 2021

  • Publisher: Philbrook Museum of Art
  • Total Episodes: 80

Museum Confidential is a behind-the-scenes look at museums hosted by Jeff Martin. The show is a co-production of Philbrook Museum of Art and Public Radio Tulsa. New episodes every two weeks.


  • Publisher: National Air and Space Museum
  • Total Episodes: 68

The National Air and Space Museum contains the largest and most significant collection of air- and spacecraft in the world. Behind those amazing machines are thousands of stories of human achievement, failure, and perseverance. Join Emily, Matt, and Nick as they demystify one of the world’s most visited museums and explore why people are so fascinated with stories of exploration, innovation, and discovery.

National Treasures with Laura Lexx and Will Duggan

  • Publisher: DLT Entertainment LTD
  • Total Episodes: 11

Welcome to National Treasures! Tag along with comedians Laura Lexx and Will Duggan for a day out at some of nation’s finest attractions. Castles, stately homes, ruins, art galleries and museums. Listen as they stumble through muddy fields, hallowed halls and half-remembered historical facts. It’s like an audio tour… only narrated by two idiots.

Microsoft Libraries and Museums Podcast

  • Publisher: Microsoft
  • Total Episodes: 11

Welcome to the new Microsoft Libraries and Museums Podcast! This show is dedicated to exploring the journey of digital transformation in museums and libraries from around the world. These interviews will explore emerging trends and common pitfalls, as well as revealing critical truths about digital change. The show is hosted by Emily Kotecki and produced by Microsoft’s Catherine Devine, Global Business Strategy Leader – Libraries and Museums. The first interview launches December 14. New episodes will be released every Monday.

Art and Stuff

  • Publisher: Art Fund
  • Total Episodes: 11

Taking a closer look at some of the most fascinating stuff inside our museums. From bits of buried treasure to iconic portraits to outlandish furniture, what do these things say about us? Each episode, we hear from a range of people who share their expertise and passion, revealing the incredible stories behind the objects we collect, curate and cherish.Art and Stuff is published by Art Fund, the UK’s national charity for art, which raises money for museums and galleries through the National Art Pass – a neat little card that gets you free or reduced-price entry to hundreds of great cultural venues and exhibitions around the country. The podcast is produced by Whistledown.

HMSC Connects! Podcast

  • Publisher: Harvard Museums of Science & Culture
  • Total Episodes: 32

Welcome to HMSC Connects! where we go behind the scenes of four Harvard museums to explore the connections between us, our big, beautiful world, and even what lies beyond.

The Mariner’s Mirror Podcast

  • Publisher: The Society for Nautical Research
  • Total Episodes: 33

The world’s No.1 podcast dedicated to all of maritime and naval history. With one foot in the present and one in the past we bring you the most exciting and interesting current maritime projects worldwide: including excavations of shipwrecks, the restoration of historic ships, sailing classic yachts and tall ships, unprecedented behind the scenes access to exhibitions, museums and archives worldwide, primary sources and accounts that bring the maritime past alive as never before. From the Society for Nautical Research, Presented by Dr Sam Willis.

Museum Buzz

  • Publisher: Emily Kotecki
  • Total Episodes: 21

A podcast that unpacks buzzwords in the contexts of museums with professionals at the top of their field.

Microcosmos ChillOut and Ambient

  • Publisher: Microcosmos ChillOut
  • Total Episodes: 58

Microcosmos creative community brings music vibrations of love and happiness through sound systems for all over the world. We are publishing chillout, ambient, downtempo, lounge, psybient and dub music. Our artists performing at parties, indoor and open-air festivals, nightclubs, museums, cafees, restaurants and yoga centers.

Amazing War Stories

  • Publisher: Bruce Crompton
  • Total Episodes: 8

Ex-British Paratrooper and history fanatic Bruce Crompton is on a mission and he believes the amazing deeds of forgotten war heroes can help him. Due to the ongoing pandemic, museums all around the world are in danger of closing. If that happens the history contained within them will be lost from the public forever. In this series, inspired by unique museum items and personal artefacts, Bruce narrates incredible tales from the Second World War. He hopes that by telling these true stories, realised in immersive, 3D audio, people will be inspired to visit collections and help preserve their legends for generations to come.To contact the team please email: [email protected] See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Meet Me at the Museum

  • Publisher: Art Fund
  • Total Episodes: 34

Famous faces take their best mate, their mum, their neighbour (whoever they want) for an afternoon at a favourite museum or gallery. As well as getting a peek behind the scenes, seeing what makes a museum tick, it’s also the starting point for some great conversations about life, the universe and everything. As well as a chance to eat lots of cake in the cafe.Meet Me at the Museum is published by Art Fund, the UK’s national charity for art, which raises money for museums and galleries through the National Art Pass – a neat little card that gets you free or reduced-price entry to hundreds of great cultural venues and exhibitions around the country. The podcast is produced by Whistledown.

Ron Hall Show™

  • Publisher: Ron Hall
  • Total Episodes: 58

With action packed storytelling, we will take you on adventures that no Hollywood producer could dare dream. From great museums, mansions and West Texas ranches, to stinking inner city dumpsters and hobo jungles. We’ll be riding in limos, classic pickups, some fine quarter horses, and a bull named tornado. So buckle up your seat belt, and strap on your saddle tight and climb on for the ride of your life.

A brush with…

  • Publisher: The Art Newspaper
  • Total Episodes: 17

In this podcast, based on The Art Newspaper’s regular interview series, our host Ben Luke talks to artists in depth. He asks the questions you’ve always wanted to: who are the artists, historical and contemporary, they most admire? Which are the museums they return to? What are the books, music and other media that most inspire them? What do they get up to in the studio every day? And what is art for, anyway?Series 1 of A brush with… focused mostly on painters, but the artists in subsequent series use a wealth of media and work across a range of disciplines.The podcast offers a fascinating insight into the inspirations, the preoccupations and the working lives of some of the most prominent artists today. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Three Minute Modernist

  • Publisher: Chris Garcia
  • Total Episodes: 55

Chris Garcia, former curator and art blogger, talks briefly about artworks! From museums like the Anderson Collection to San Francisco’s MoMA, Chris explores art from around the world, and from time to time, interviews artists and curators about their work!

Museums in Strange Places

  • Publisher: Hannah Hethmon
  • Total Episodes: 43

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. 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. 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.  PLEASE NOTE: This show is still active! I’m just very busy producing professionally and don’t have time to do new episodes very often.

Museum of Femininity

  • Publisher: Briana Oliver & Charlotte Appleyard
  • Total Episodes: 42

Welcome to the Museum of Femininity!Join Briana Oliver and Charlotte Appleyard as they curate and converse about various topics on femininity, womanhood, and the female experience throughout history. Each episode features a new ‘exhibition’ through which objects, paintings, sculpture, prints, literature and material culture will be described and discussed. Provoking thoughtful conversation and hopefully breaking down the barriers both of the physical museums space and within the history of femininity.

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