Mike Sarna has worked for over 25 years leading the development of some of the world’s finest museums. His work experience includes the Natural History Museum, London where he helped develop ground-breaking special exhibitions and galleries and the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, where he served as the Senior Curator and Director of Collections. He is currently employed as the Director, Collections and Public Engagement for Royal Museums Greenwich, where he is responsible for the public offer across four museums and care and conservation of the collection.
He is interested in how museums “unlock the case”, releasing content in engaging and surprising ways. He challenges the notion of “feeding facts” and engages in ways that involve audiences directly. He has written and presented widely on participation and dialogue in museums along with the importance of creating experiences that are authentic and unique.
Though not an authority, he is actively interested in World War II and has worked on numerous large scale exhibitions related to the topic at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago and the Chicago History Museum. He was responsible for the care and exhibition of the captured U-boat, U-505, which transferred many codebook materials from the Germans to Bletchley Park.
Mike is a fellow of the RSA and the Clore Leadership Programme. He has founded numerous professional groups including the Sustainable Exhibitions Group and Exhibitions Exchange. He holds a BA in History and Museum Studies from the University of Iowa and a MA in Historical Administration from Eastern Illinois University.