Research Summary People find resonance in concepts and experiences they can relate to. Research shows that learning and memory-making are more likely to occur when people can connect their experiences with familiar ideas and events. Incorporating the reflective process into your program allows visitors the opportunity to digest and process what they experienced during the program. Tips & […]
Exhibits that incorporate compelling historic quotes and historical questions foster personal connections between visitors and stories of the past. Using Questions and Quotes Questions and quotes promote conversations and help visitors make personal connections. Audience Research Results: Labels with Historical Characters An overview of the prototyping and evaluation process for the use of life-size historical cut-outs in […]
There’s a reason why reality shows are so popular! People care about other people and their experiences. Focus on the human story and use first-person labels to increase engagement and interest in your exhibit. Telling the Story Through People By personalizing the story and telling it through people, visitors connect on a personal level. Visitors […]
Put the family at the center of your family programs. How? Start by getting to know your multigenerational audience and then find ways for them to engage with and learn from your program. Actively Engaging All Ages How and why we design programs so everyone actively participates. Developing Content & Learning Goals What do you […]
The videos and resources on this page of the Brain Building in Progress website discuss how to engage 3 to 5-year-old children in meaningful conversation by building in opportunities to talk, modeling conversation, and using complex language and vocabulary. Includes a Facilitator’s Guide.
Museums provide immersive, personal experiences. Looking at a portrait of someone, or visiting an exhibition about a historical figure or moment, these distant people are palpable and present. Does your organization foster empathy?
In this post from the Art Museum Teaching blog, Mike Murawski emphasizes the importance of conversation for visitor engagement and cooperative learning in museums.
Mark Curteis writes, “Reminiscence is an innovative and creative way of engaging with people of all ages including hard to reach audiences. Reminiscence work empowers people, bringing history to life and can also help to forge active and engaging partnerships and activities across generations.
Museums have the ability to deliver information and content in unique and memorable ways. In this article, Alan J. Friedman points out that museums can create contexts for artifacts and information, as well as make connections between broader subjects and themes.
Minda Borun describes formal and informal learning in museums and classrooms, as well as her 7 characteristics of family-friendly exhibits. A Family Learning Roundtable Presentation by Minda Borun June 14, 2005 Presentation Outline FORMAL LEARNING IS CLASSROOM BASED Students are uniform in age Teacher leads Formal arrangement Tests Certification process INFORMAL LEARNING IS IN THE […]
We hoped families would use the crew cards throughout the exhibit and become invested enough in their crew card sailor to reference it throughout the exhibit.
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, […]
About developing family friendly content, Eric White formerly of Old Sturbridge Village said, “You can’t go wrong with baseball, animals, and chocolate chip cookies.”
There’s a reason why reality shows are so popular! People care about other people and their experiences. Our exhibits, All Hands on Deck and A Sailor’s Life For Me?, set out to reinterpret Constitution by offering the human perspective. This interpretive strategy resonated with our family audience. By personalizing the story and telling it through […]
The USS Constitution Museum Team discusses the advantages they found in building an exhibit around a thematic organization.