From 2007-2011, three major art institutions, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, High Museum of Art, and The Speed, participated in a study examining “families’ value and use of interactive galleries in art museums and their motivations for visiting the spaces.” The Family Learning in Interactive Galleries website includes multiple resources related to the project, […]
In preparation for the Family Learning in Interactive Galleries (FLING) project, the principal researchers gathered all available literature on family learning in museums. This comprehensive review, circa 2010, covers the changing definitions of family, facilitation, audience motivations, social interaction, audience goals and values, parent behaviors, as well as describing the life-cycle of a family’s visit […]
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 […]
The USS Constitution Museum found these resources particularly helpful when researching and thinking about programs for families in museums.
The USS Constitution Museum Team has used many of these articles and books to provide us with a basic understanding of family learning. Many of the studies and research projects take place in science or children’s museums but our Team feels the basic family learning information is transferable to other types of museums.
These books and articles were helpful to the USS Constitution Museum Team in our project on learning more about designing family-friendly exhibits.