The Museum Experience

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The Museum Experience is the first book to take the "visitor's eye view" of the museum visit. It integrates the authors' original research with that from a wide variety of disciplines as well as museum and visitor studies ranging from science centers and zoos to art and natural history museums.

Written in clear, non-technical style, The Museum Experience gives museum professionals a thorough introduction to what is known about why people go to ...

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Overview

The Museum Experience is the first book to take the "visitor's eye view" of the museum visit. It integrates the authors' original research with that from a wide variety of disciplines as well as museum and visitor studies ranging from science centers and zoos to art and natural history museums.

Written in clear, non-technical style, The Museum Experience gives museum professionals a thorough introduction to what is known about why people go to museums, what they do there, and what they learn.

This book is an essential reference for all museum professionals concerned with communicating with the public. It has been used widely for college coursed in the United States, Canada and the UK, and has been translated into Japanese and Chinese.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of American History
[The book] is important on several levels...[the authors] bring together in coherent form a significant body of visitor study literature that is difficult to locate outside specialized, hard-to-find publications...[they] provide a helpfully concrete discussion of the associative, object-based learning that takes place in museums in relation to the formal characteristics of exhibitions...The value of [the book] is that it brings together so much in one place at a moment when many producers of museum programs are disposed to pay attention.
Afdlin Shauki
[The authors] provide a valuable and useful perspective on museum visitors...[their model, the Interactive Experience Model,] represents a new and quite dynamic way of looking at the museum experience and suggests a need to reformulate how we plan exhibits, how we publicize and promote both museums and exhibits, and, especially, how we orient visitors to the museum. [t]he book is very readable...a very useful and thought provoking book.
Curator Magazine
...a wonderfully rich overview of research studies from inside and outside the museum community. The strength of the book is in the wealth of materials the authors have gathered from various fields of research. [The authors] have indeed accomplished [their intention to be provocative and to encourage discussion and debate] in creating a book that both informs and raises questions. They have also provided the museum field with a great annotated bibliography through the extensive footnotes in the book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780929590066
  • Publisher: Left Coast Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/15/1992
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 0.63 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction: The Interactive Experience Model 1
I Before the Visit
1 The Museum as a Leisure-Time Experience 11
2 The Personal Context: Visitor Agendas 25
II During the Visit
3 The Social Context: Groups in the Museum 41
4 The Physical Context: Visitor Pathways 55
5 The Physical Context: Exhibits and Labels 67
6 The Interplay of Contexts: The Museum as Gestalt 83
III The Museum Visit Remembered
7 Museum Learning Defined 97
8 Understanding the Museum Experience 115
IV A Professional's Guide to the Museum Experience
9 Creating the Museum Experience 129
10 Creating Museum Experiences for Casual Visitors 135
11 Creating Museum Experiences for Organized Groups 151
Appendix 163
References 171
Annotated Bibliography 197
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