Using Collection Objects and Primary Sources to Engage Audiences


Holly Stewart, Program Manager, Job Carr Cabin Museum
Susan Spero, Chair, John F. Kennedy University Museum Studies


Redmond J. Barnett, Historian/Museum Consultant, Tacoma, Washington


  • Collections, Visitor Experience

Curators, educators, and archivists are developing more sophisticated ways of engaging visitors. One method is bringing people into direct contact with objects—paintings, ephemera, manuscripts, and others. This session will report findings of a large national survey of such practices, explore two case studies at different-sized museum (one with college students, one with fourth graders), and suggest broader steps to proven practices.