HNewsFrontCover  4An indictment of staid and static history museums, this piece provides both theoretical and anecdotal support for blurring the line between exhibitry and programming. Jones argues for a more collaborative concept-design approach during exhibit creation and a move towards immersive, participatory, and meaningful experiences within the physical spaces of history museums.

Takeaway Messages:

  • History museums must embrace the experience economy, or face dwindling attendance.
  • Visitors learn best through experiential learning combined with exposure to contextualized objects and visuals.
  • It requires the expertise of several inter-museum departments to create memorable learning experiences for visitors.

Questions for Readers:

  1. Why aren’t educators and interpretive experts more often invited to the table at the inception of exhibits, driving the creative process?
  2. Each year at museum conferences, workshop leaders call for innovation and visitor participation. Attendees eagerly take notes. So why are so many history museums still installing exhibits that invite only passive learning?