Research Summary Your program’s environment and set up can complement the multigenerational nature of your program or hinder it. Program spaces should be comfortable and inviting to families, as well as accessible and flexible, in order to fit the needs of diverse families. Tips & Takeaways Adding appropriate context to your environment can help family […]
With funding from an IMLS National Leadership Grant, the USS Constitution Museum turned their attention to identifying strategies of design and facilitation that result in successful intergenerational engagement and learning in museum and library programs. This PowerPoint presentation is a summary of findings from the first summer of prototyping and testing two new programs and redesigning […]
The USS Constitution Museum Team took an existing craft program, designing a model ship out of aluminum foil, popsicle sticks, and masking tape, and transformed it into an intergenerational program that results in fun, active collaboration among family members. Overview: USS Constitution was built in the 1790s to out gun enemy vessels of the same size […]
The USS Constitution Museum Team took a new look at an existing program, an interactive demonstration of caulking (waterproofing) a ship’s planking. By taking a step back, thinking creatively, and doing intensive observation and prototyping, we turned a fun but mostly kids activity into a truly intergenerational program that actively engages adults and kids together […]
This UK publication is a resource for museum staff members who seek to develop family programming. Beginning with a definition of family learning, and some of the benefits of family engagement, author Clare Meade goes on to provide tools including graphs and charts for developing programs in museums. Meade gives examples of museums in the […]
In this post from the Art Museum Teaching blog, Mike Murawski emphasizes the importance of conversation for visitor engagement and cooperative learning in museums.
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 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 […]
“Abstract: Research demonstrates that children have vast potential to expand their knowledge base with simple supports from adults and older children.
Lynn Dierking identifies the characteristics of family learning and the four phases of family visits to museums. What Does Family Learning Look Like? by Lynn Dierking I would like to be able to say after working in the area of family learning for most of my 30-year career that I can tell you how to […]