Interpretive Planning for Museums

Integrating Visitor Perspectives in Decision Making

Author: Marcella Wells,Barbara H Butler,Judith Koke

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 131542620X

Category: Social Science

Page: 176

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Museum professionals' increased focus on visitors in recent years has been demonstrated by, among other things, the enhanced practice of evaluation and the development of interpretive plans. Yet too often, these efforts function independent of one another. This book helps museums integrate visitors' perspectives into interpretive planning by recognizing, defining, and recording desired visitor outcomes throughout the process. The integration of visitor studies in the practice of interpretive planning is also based on the belief that the greater our understanding, tracking, and monitoring of learners, the greater the impact museums will make on public understanding of the science and humanities disciplines. An approach that advocates thoughtful and intentional interpretive planning that constantly integrates visitor perspectives is the next step in working with, rather than for, our communities; a step toward truly becoming visitor-centered and impactful as essential learning institutions of the 21st century.
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Visitor-Centered Exhibitions and Edu-Curation in Art Museums

Author: Pat Villeneuve,Ann Rowson Love

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442279001

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 308

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Visitor-Centered Exhibitions and Edu-Curation in Art Museums promotes balanced practices that are visitor-centered while honoring the integrity and powerful storytelling of art objects. Book examples present challenges and best practices that move beyond the turning point, where curation and education are engaged in full and equal collaboration.
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Exhibit Makeovers

A Do-It-Yourself Workbook for Small Museums

Author: Alice Parman,Ann Craig,Lyle Murphy,Liz White,Lauren Willis

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442278676

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 146

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Since its publication in 2008, Exhibit Makeovers has been a useful do-it-yourself handbook for museum staff and volunteers. Exhibit Makeovers is a workbook that provides grounding in interpretive principles, how-to-advice, step-by-step guidance, and moral support for in-house exhibit planning and design. The revised and expanded 2nd edition preserves the supportive tone and easy-to-follow steps that make the original Exhibit Makeovers so user-friendly. Significant revisions—especially in the technology arena—and additions make this new edition a must-have addition to any museum’s toolkit: • New emphasis on visitor input, with step-by-step guidelines for evaluation studies during planning and design. • New text and worksheets to guide development of interactives, and ensure varied levels of visitor participation. • Focus on affordable software to help with exhibit planning and design, as well as low- cost technologies that can vary and deepen the visitor experience. • Brand-new chapters on exhibit design, production, and installation, written by the experienced team responsible for in-house exhibits at a thriving, mid-size museum. Following the same pattern as the 2008 original, the revised Exhibit Makeovers guides users through step-by-step processes of a single-case makeover, development of a new exhibit, and renovation/renewal of an entire gallery or museum.
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