Museum Reflection

1563 WordsOct 25, 20177 Pages
Throughout this course, I have reaffirmed my desire to engage others in the process of learning. I have always been fascinated by the potential museums possess to involve visitors in inquiry and even cultivate a love for learning. Accordingly, my goal has always been to bring my passion for learning to museum visitors. Due to my background in archaeology, I have always given the bulk of my attention to objects within museums, giving little thought to my own experience let alone the experiences of others. Museums Today: Missions and Function, however, has taught me to emphasize the museum audience and the experience of visiting rather than the collection itself. The concept of being audience focused rather than collections driven, is…show more content…
It is important to remember that not all learning occurs by reading labels or taking tours. Learning about oneself or connecting to an object through quiet contemplation is just as valuable for learners and still, fosters a relationship with acquiring knowledge. Allowing a visitor to choose how they acquire knowledge in a way that best fits their needs is vital to creating a positive outlook regarding the process of learning. Another way that one can cultivate a love of learning in the museum is through engaging exhibitions. The methodical approach that the Monterey Bay Aquarium takes in designing its exhibitions exemplifies how to create engaging programming. The aquarium focuses on its mission, the message of the exhibit, and the type of visitor they want to attract before they begin to plan the exhibit itself. By using this method, the exhibition is guided by its message rather than by design. Of course, an exhibition in which the meaning is readily apparent is more engaging than one that is aesthetically pleasing but has an unclear message. Understanding the message gives the visitor the opportunity to continue thinking about the collection long after they have left the museum. For this reason, there are more avenues for learning as well. This kind planning shifts the focus to the audience and how they interact with the collection rather than the collection itself, which is
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