Think about not only hands-on, but also minds-on (intellectual and emotional) engagement. Active participation is more than simply a “do.” Hands-on elements should be used to get participants thinking and understanding your content.
This practical guide outlines various ways professionals can develop their programs, exhibits, and general museum atmosphere to best engage the public. Using examples mostly from the UK and Canada, Graham Black offers a synthesis of best practices and research to date, as well as case studies and infographics to illustrate his points.
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, […]
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.