"Without involved, engaged attention, the museum visitor experience is meaningless." - Stephen Bitgood.
Engaging The Visitor addresses some of the most fundamental issues relating to interpretation, exhibition design and the visitor experience - in a format which is attractive, approachable - and above all actionable. Challenging many preconceptions, this book is firmly based on the results of gallery-based scientific research rather than speculation.
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Deep and effective engagement with exhibit content is still the exception in very many museums. When most visitors pass an exhibit with only a glance, it will fail to engage. And until the visitor is engaged no informal learning - or any other satisfying experience - will happen...
Engaging The Visitor will help you answer the questions:
Also available: Social Design in Museums: The Psychology of Visitor Studies
This pioneering, 312-page book, with over 25 colour illustrations, includes:
The Attention-Value Model
2. Reading Interpretive Text
Deadly Sins Revisited: Exhibit Labels
Practical Guidelines for Developing Interpretive Labels
Interest and Effort as Predictors of Reading
3. Interactive Exhibits
Designing Effective Interactive Exhibits
Evaluating The Falling Feather Exhibit
Evaluating A Pepper’s Ghost Exhibit
Immersion Experiences in Museums
Simulated Immersion in Exhibitions
The Visitor Immersion Experience
Sensory Impressions from a Museum Visit
Dioramas in Exhibitions
Title: Engaging The Visitor: Designing Exhibits That Work
Colour illustrations: 29
Size: 203 x 127 mm
Editions: £39 [paperback] | £69 [hardback] | £29 [eBook]
ISBN: 978-1-910144-13-8 [paperback]
ISBN: 978-1-910144-14-5 [hardback]
ISBN: 978-1-910144-15-2 [eBook]