Check out The Discovery Museums special programming, Especially for Me, for families with children who are deaf, hard of hearing, visually impaired, and children with autism. Their Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Friendly Afternoons have been a huge hit and result in increased visitation.
This two-part report details the Denver Art Museum’s commitment to making the Museum a creative and fun destination for families. With a grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Museum developed several programs geared toward families with children age six to twelve. The report explains the Museum’s perspective on a family-friendly art museum which emphasizes […]
Abstract: “Three years after the Detroit Institute of Arts opened with all new, ‘visitor-centered’ galleries, the museum’s executive director of learning and interpretation shares the processes, successes, and lessons learned at an institution that embraced an array of hands-on learning models.
Below are links that explain Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences and provide advice on incorporating it in your work.
This study, conducted at the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia, explores parents’ perceptions of play and their role in children’s museums.
“Museum Educators know that providing experiences for family audiences are a valuable way to advance the museum’s mission, expand its audience, and strengthen its place within the community. A relatively new way many museums are providing for families is with interactive exhibits. In recent years, these family spaces have evolved from engaging only children to […]
Mark Curteis writes, “Reminiscence is an innovative and creative way of engaging with people of all ages including hard to reach audiences. Reminiscence work empowers people, bringing history to life and can also help to forge active and engaging partnerships and activities across generations.
Families of all shapes and sizes are visiting our institutions in record numbers. “Family” programs are all the rage. All too often, these become programs for kids while adults talk on their cell phones or simply take photos. How can we attract adults, maintain their interest, and include them as equal participants in our family programs? What […]
Beverly Sheppard, Executive Director of the Institute of Learning Innovation, brings a wide range of experience with family learning in museums and explores how we measure value, engagement, and impact.
Ellen Thompson, Director of Visitor Education and Programs at Boston Children’s Museum, provides tips and techniques for training museum staff interacting with younger families.
Canterbury Shaker Village’s presentation about the changes they made to their programming to better serve their family audience.
The Engage Families! Workshop was held at the USS Constitution Museum on September 24, 2009. We asked the day’s presenters to come up with their own “Top 10” list of ways to develop a successful family program. Take a look at what they came up with!
The USS Constitution Museum Team recounts the research, design, prototyping, and evaluation process in developing a self-guided, family gallery Quest.