The Museum Experience

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Howells House, 1992 - Business & Economics - 205 pages
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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 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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An engaging read that reflects the author's experience and passion in the subject. He draws on various disciplines such as psychology and sociology to make the case of improving the museum by adopting a visitor-centred approach. The writing style is clear, simple and accessible, and explains otherwise abstruse academic theories in straightforward terms. This book will stand the test of time because certain theories of human behaviour never change, such as Maslow's hierarchy of needs. The framework for the book (personal context + physical context + social context = the interactive experience) is well presented and defended throughout the book. A must read for any student of museum studies. Oh, and this slim book can be read in a day!  

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interactive experience model

Contents

The Interactive Experience Model
1
The Museum as a LeisureTime Experience
11
Visitor Agendas
25
Groups in the Museum
41
Visitor Pathways
55
Exhibits and Labels
67
The Museum
83
Museum Learning Defined
97
Understanding the Museum Experience
115
A Professionals Guide to the Museum Experience
129
Creating Museum Experiences for Casual
135
Creating Museum Experiences
151
Appendix
163
References
171
Annotated Bibliography
197
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About the author (1992)

John Falk is a co-founder and co-director of the Institute for Learning Innovation in Annapolis, Maryland, where he resides.

Lynn Dierking is a co-founder and co-director of the Institute for Learning Innovation in Annapolis, Maryland, where she resides.

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