All Hands on Deck - Getting Visitors Involved in the Work of the Museum (AAM 2011 Houston)
by sloverlinett on May 31, 2011
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It’s the age of participatory engagement, and the crowd is making vital contributions in areas where only experts used to tread. How can museums harness their visitors’ collective skills and ...
It’s the age of participatory engagement, and the crowd is making vital contributions in areas where only experts used to tread. How can museums harness their visitors’ collective skills and intelligence, not just to make exhibits and programs more engaging but also to help carry out the museum’s scientific, historical, aesthetic, or environmental work? In this panel, we looked at how three science-themed institutions are approaching this new frontier and what the future holds in three state-of-the-art facilities now on the drawing boards: a new learning space at the National Museum of Natural History; a redesigned visitor center at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida; and the new Nature Research Center at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. In the q&a, we debated the whys and hows of bringing citizen science inside the museum and inviting visitors to lend their hands, eyes, and minds to the cause.
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