Ask a question about your life and get an insight from a work of art.


Museum Sage is a game that brings new visitors to an art exhibit or gallery. It adds an element of fun and interaction to the experience of coming to a show, whether it is during an opening reception or for people viewing a new exhibit. Museum Sage connects a person to a piece of art that they may want to revisit or possibly own.

Museum Sage is a game that invites people to ask a question about their lives and receive insight from a work of art. Through a random process a visitor picks a piece of art and with the help of a guide or an app, the visitor has a dialogue with that piece of art regarding their personal question. They deeply connect with “their” art piece and their inner sage … and with others if done with a partner or small group.

Check out MuseumSage.com for more information. Read stories of those who have experienced Museum Sage. Learn about the history of the process and more about the neuroscience of how art rewards the brain. Listen to a podcast from the Northeast Museum Alliance conference with Laurie Phillips, co-creator of Museum Sage.


Susan Gangsei has helped to steer Museum Sage for several years. She is now an Associate offering private sessions and events. Contact her for more information about how you can use Museum Sage at your gallery opening to increase sales.



Michael Lin, FreePort [No. 005], 2012, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA


How should I approach my process of moving from my home of 28 years to a new home? My answer was a painting of a large home in the process of being packed up, next to another painting of people carrying furnishings to a small cabin near a river. I interpreted this as my move would happen, I should pack with care, and get help. After having procrastinated this move for several years, I proceeded with a focused approach. I sold my house and found another place near a river. Moving day was much like portrayed in the first painting, with many people working. Wow! [Museum Sage] taps into and aligns the truth that is always out-there and in-here at the same time.

– Paolo, aka Paul J. Scoglio, MSW, LICSW, CPCC, Beverly, MA