Jenni Martin describes the creation and development of The Wonder Cabinet, an innovative exhibit for young children at the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose.
Even more articles, videos, and tools for designing and prototyping exhibits for families.
In this presentation, Gail Ringel offers advice for including family learning exhibit techniques in your museum while maintaining your institutional identity.
“Young children are active learners. They learn while doing and they play while learning. Experiential exhibition environments can become catalysts and supports for this mode of engagement.”
When the USS Constitution Museum began developing its exhibit All Hands on Deck, family learning was a new concept in history museums. Here, Robert Kiihne describes the process, emphasizing the importance (and affordability!) of evaluation.
Alan J. Friedman provides four case studies that demonstrate how museums can benefit from including visitors in the exhibition design process. He emphasizes the importance of formative evaluation and prototyping and argues that they are essential indicators of a museum’s ability to educate and inspire visitors. Friedman, Alan J. “Convincing the Director.” Introduction to Museum […]
These books and articles were helpful to the USS Constitution Museum Team in our project on learning more about designing family-friendly exhibits.
Lynn McRainey, the Elizabeth F. Cheney Director of Education, and John Russick, Curator, explore the first steps taken by the Chicago History Museum in reaching out to a family audience and how the role of the senses and imagination informed that process. Plus, read more about their book, Connecting Kids to History with Museum Exhibitions, […]