Watch as renowned author and Professor of Free-Choice Learning, Lynn Dierking, discusses how families interact with museums and libraries and how we can facilitate free-choice learning. She identifies the family as a learning institution and details the implications for programming in museums and libraries along with exemplars of how other institutions have taken steps to improve family […]
This booklet lays out the lessons that the Crocker Art Museum learned through their “All About Families” initiative. The staff at the Crocker traveled to several art museums around the country to explore how those museums successfully engage families. The Crocker staff found that fostering creativity is a key component of engagement and learning, and […]
Anne Grimes Rand, President of the USS Constitution Museum, outlines the efforts of the USS Constitution Museum to engage a family audience and gives a preview of future exhibit and programming projects.
Lynn Dierking, Sea Grant Professor in Free-Choice Learning at Oregon State University, speaks about the significance of family learning in our society and how museums can benefit by targeting family visitors.
Dan Freas, Guest Experience Director at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, shares Conner Prairie’s ideas on engaging families with children to explore the past and how innovative experiences are inspiring guests to look at history from new perspectives.
The USS Constitution Museum Team shares how focusing institution-wide on their family audience and serving their needs led to a more invigorated work environment. Re-energize Your Staff and Organization Happier family visitors can translate to happier staff All aspects of museum operations contribute to the family experience Gather and share visitor feedback Celebrate successes […]
The USS Constitution Museum shares ways in which being more family friendly improved their bottom line.
Lynn Dierking describes why it is important to embrace family learning in our cultural institutions for the benefit of all. Why is Family Learning Important? by Lynn Dierking By the late 1980s, extensive research provided empirical evidence for what many museum professionals had observed informally in their galleries for years. The largest percentage of visitors […]
Lynn Dierking, Sea Grant Professor of Free-Choice Learning at Oregon State University, describes family learning and how it looks in different families and at different times in the family life cycle. Dierking makes a case for importance of cultural institutions in supporting family learning. This page includes an article and video presentation. Laughing and Learning Together: […]