Keyword: museum

A museum's identity shapes its audiences' behaviour

This research was conducted by Shinwon Noh and Pamela S. Tolbert at Pace University and Cornell University, USA

Summary

This paper examined the effects of a museum’s identity on audience behaviour. The study divided audiences into critics, connoisseurs and casual consumers. It charted the way that different US museums classified …

Prescribe art and nature to improve wellbeing

This research was conducted by Linda Thomson and three others at University College London and the University of Leicester

Summary

This paper describes the findings from an evaluation of a ‘creative green prescription’ programme held at Whitworth Park and the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester. Participation in the programme was shown …

Social media can increase engagement with museum collections

This research was conducted by Michela Arnaboldi and Melisa L. Diaz Lema at the Politecnico di Milano, Italy

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This paper explores the potential for social media to democratise access and increase participation with museums. The study looked at the Facebook posts of nine Italian archaeological museums over the course of …

How talking events help people make sense of art

This research was conducted by Priscilla Adipa at International University of Grand-Bassam, Côte d'Ivoire

Summary

This paper examined how ‘talking events’ (formal programmes such as exhibition openings and artist talks) affect people’s engagement with art. It found that talking events ‘draw people into art spaces and prolong their interactions with …

By | 10 January 2020 |

The public’s perception of museum admission fees

This research was conducted by Marine Le Gall-Ely and four others at four different research centres in France

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This paper explores the perception of audiences in relation to museum entrance fees. The data consists of individual interviews, focus groups, observations and a survey of almost 600 people in different parts …

By | 5 November 2018 |

Rainy days at the museum

This research was conducted by Harold E. Cuffe at Victoria University Wellington, New Zealand

Summary

This study analysed the effect of rain on museum attendance. Morning rain increases visitor numbers in the mornings to a significant degree, while afternoon rain has less of an impact on visitors. By using data collected …

By | 28 August 2018 |

How a school museum visit helps create cultural equality

This research was conducted by Brian Kisida, Jay P. Greene and Daniel H. Bowen at the University of Arkansas and the University of Houston, USA.

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Cultural capital comprises the set non-economic resources that are at one’s disposal through life (things like language and accent, dress sense, etc) and that …

By | 24 July 2017 |

Managing dementia through object handing in museums

This research was conducted by Paul M. Camic, Sabina Hulbert and Jeremy Kimmel at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK

Summary

The importance of subjective health and wellbeing for individuals with dementia is often overlooked in favour of a highly medicalised approach to care. Dementia management presents a significant societal challenge worldwide …

By | 13 July 2017 |

Museum visitors: two types of motivation

This research was conducted by Juan Gabriel Brida, Chiara Dalle Nogare and Raffaele Scuderi at the Free University of Bolzano-Bozen, University of Brescia and University of Enna “Kore”, Italy

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Of all the drivers of museum attendance, “motivation” has rarely been systematically assessed. The aim of this study was to understand …

By | 23 June 2016 |

Living near museums and galleries is important for overall cultural engagement

This research was conducted by Orian Brook at the University of Stirling, UK

Summary

A great deal of research has shown how cultural engagement is shaped by education, social class and ethnicity. However, much less attention has been given to the accessibility and appeal of cultural facilities themselves. This paper used …

By | 1 February 2016 |