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 …

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

Summary

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.

Summary

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

Summary

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 |

Entrance fees deter people of low socio-economic status from visiting museums

This research was conducted by Volker Kirchberg at the University of Lüneburg, Germany.

Summary

This paper used data from a survey of German adults who were asked about what motivated them to attend (or not attend) museums. The survey, carried out in 1995, randomly selected a representative sample of 1 …

By | 5 May 2015 |

Profiling visitors to contemporary art museums

This research was conducted by Laurie Hanquinet at the University of York

Summary

Socio-economic variables (class, education and income etc.) are often seen as the key determinants of attendance at art museums. This article goes beyond this simplistic approach by exploring the ‘cultural profiles’ of museum visitors (a set of cultural …

By | 11 December 2014 |

Best practice in community consultation by museums

This research was conducted by Kalliopi Fouseki at The Science Museum.

Summary

The research explores how community consultation is carried out by museums, and highlights in particular the perceptions of community members involved. It uses the case study of seven institutions and their development of exhibitions based on the 1807 Abolition …

By | 11 December 2014 |