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The Museum Experience / Edition 1
     

The Museum Experience / Edition 1

by John H. Falk, Willard L. Boyd, Lynn D. Dierking
 

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ISBN-10: 0929590074

ISBN-13: 9780929590073

Pub. Date: 05/15/1992

Publisher: Left Coast Press, Inc.

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 in the U.K. and India as well as many in the U.S. Written in clear,

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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 in the U.K. and India as well as many in the U.S. 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, What they learn. It also offers recommendations and guidelines to help museum staff understand their clientele and their interactions with them. It is an essential reference for all museum professionals concerned with communicating with the public.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780929590073
Publisher:
Left Coast Press, Inc.
Publication date:
05/15/1992
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
228
Product dimensions:
0.52(w) x 9.00(h) x 6.00(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordix
Prefacexiii
Introduction: The Interactive Experience Model1
I.Before the Visit
1.The Museum as a Leisure-Time Experience11
2.The Personal Context: Visitor Agendas25
II.During the Visit
3.The Social Context: Groups in the Museum41
4.The Physical Context: Visitor Pathways55
5.The Physical Context: Exhibits and Labels67
6.The Interplay of Contexts: The Museum as Gestalt83
III.The Museum Visit Remembered
7.Museum Learning Defined97
8.Understanding the Museum Experience115
IV.A Professional's Guide to the Museum Experience
9.Creating the Museum Experience129
10.Creating Museum Experiences for Casual Visitors135
11.Creating Museum Experiences for Organized Groups151
Appendix163
References171
Annotated Bibliography197

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