Why should I use this technique? Lift flaps are inexpensive to fabricate and they can carry a wide range of messages. Sometimes a lift flap adds an additional layer of information, sometimes it highlights an interesting anecdote or makes visitors consider a different perspective.
Why should I use this technique? Discoveries can trigger conversation and encourage visitors to slow down and take a closer look. Shifting scale or including a surprise can stop visitors for a moment and prompt them to share their discovery with another family member.
Why should I use this technique? A flipbook or questioning interactive is simple, cheap, engaging and effective. Families sit, smile and converse, laughing and learning together. It can be used to foreshadow exhibit elements, and it invites the audience to pause for a moment and consider the experience ahead.
Why should I use this technique? This can be a good summary exercise to help visitors review what they have experienced in the exhibition. It is an opportunity to sit and reflect, while encouraging conversation about the experience the family just shared.
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.
Most successful exhibitions are developed by an exhibit team that includes a range of expertise. The exhibit team as a whole must consider the visitor experience goals and the overall trajectory of the exhibition.
The USS Constitution Museum Team discusses how you can make your existing exhibits more family-friendly and engaging.
Families are significantly more likely to have conversations around multi-sided exhibits than they are near single-sided exhibits. Multi-sided exhibits take up a larger footprint, a challenge in galleries with less space. The benefit is changing how visitors, especially groups of visitors, use your museum.
An introduction to the 7 characteristics of family-friendly exhibits as defined by “The Family Science Learning Research Project” also referred to as PISEC.
People often respond to an exhibit in ways that are difficult to predict. Testing the exhibit with visitors is vital in making the relationship between visitor and exhibit as effective as possible. An example of the value of front-end study at the USS Constitution Museum shows the value of understanding visitor preferences. Why Listen to […]
Minda Borun explains the evaluation process from designing a study and collecting and analyzing data, to writing the report. A professional evaluator is important to have on hand for the whole evaluation process, especially for designing the study and for data analysis. Borun explains the different types of evaluation including front-end, formative, remedial, and summative. […]
Observing families for a simple tracking and timing evaluation study is easy, informative, and objective. It requires minimal training so everyone from frontline staff to your board president can participate. All you need is a clipboard, a floorplan of your exhibition, and a watch.