Developed by the Nova Scotia Interpretive Working Group as an “introduction, a personal development tool, a training tool, a resource, or a point of inspiration” for the 28 Nova Scotia Museum sites, the toolbox is a comprehensive resource with many applications for program design and facilitation. Copyright Nova Scotia Museum. Sections include: Activities are Object-Based “Good Questions” […]
Research Summary Research shows that the public wants to feel that they are participating in authentic activities. Choose a topic that maintains “content integrity” (fits your mission, collections, displays, and content), so that participants feel it is authentic to your institution. Then, whenever possible, use authentic materials in authentic environments. Tips & Takeaways Try to […]
Put the family at the center of your family programs. How? Start by getting to know your multigenerational audience and then find ways for them to engage with and learn from your program. Actively Engaging All Ages How and why we design programs so everyone actively participates. Developing Content & Learning Goals What do you […]
Reach Advisors shares the results of a visitor survey at 13 outdoor history museums about how visitors to historic sites feel about “authenticity.” Is it just a buzz word? Do visitors have a sense of what is or isn’t authentic? What does that word mean to them?
This paper summarizes the results of research conducted in museum settings or in other locations using learning resources and materials designed by museums and that focuses on learning by young children. “Abstract: This paper summarizes the results of research conducted in museum settings or in other locations using learning resources and materials designed by museums […]
Listening to the visitors every step of the way is critical to exhibit development. Our success has convinced us to never do it any other way. Don’t assume you know what’s best for the visitors. Let them tell you.
There’s a reason why reality shows are so popular! People care about other people and their experiences. Our exhibits, All Hands on Deck and A Sailor’s Life For Me?, set out to reinterpret Constitution by offering the human perspective. This interpretive strategy resonated with our family audience. By personalizing the story and telling it through […]
Why should I use this technique? An exhibit is more likely to be effective if a variety of exhibit techniques address of range of visitor learning styles. Smelling the pine tar in the ship’s rigging or the salted cod carried in barrels creates a more vivid experience than simply reading about life at sea.
Why should I use this technique? Full-body kinesthetic experiences are both an outlet for energy and a moment to pause and reflect on the similarities or differences between the past and the present.
The USS Constitution Museum team describes today’s Generation X families and the challenges they present to history museums.