How to Make a Difference in Visitor Attractions: Hands-on Interactive activities for family visitors in museums and galleries

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Abstract

Visitor attractions such as museums and galleries often focus on their educational and historic roles. This is because ‘education, study and enjoyment’ (ICOM 2018) are inshrined in their very purpose. While these roles are central to the museum mission, can art galleries and museums appeal more to family visitors by reframing their function to focus on people, emphasising social engagement and interraction? This presentation looks at some examples of family friendly hands-on interractives in galleries. These type of exhibits aim to encourage play, conversation, making of art and an understanding of the process and subject matter of the art works on display. The presentation includes some examples of family friendly rooms and activities. These include exhibitions curated by the author such as the Contemporary Art for Children Exhibition, and Local People Exhibition (Purkis 2016; Local People video 2016) an analysis of some individual hands-on exhibits.

ICOM. (2018). Museum Definition Available at http://icom.museum/the-vision/museum-definition/ [Accessed 27 March 2018].


Purkis, H. (2017). Making Digital Heritage about People’s Life Stories. International Journal of Heritage Studies Vol 23, pp434-444. Available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13527258.2016.1190392 [Accessed 27 March 2018]


Local People (2016). Video. Letterkenny: Jeremy Howard. Available at https://vimeo.com/68843477
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication20th International Hospitality and Tourism Research Conference HTMi website
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 26 Apr 2018
Event20th International Hospitality Research Conference - Hotel and Tourism Management Institute, Soerbenberg, Switzerland
Duration: 25 Apr 201827 Apr 2018
https://htmi.ch/2018/05/20th-htmi-international-hospitality-tourism-research-conference/

Conference

Conference20th International Hospitality Research Conference
CountrySwitzerland
CitySoerbenberg
Period25/04/1827/04/18
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    Purkis, H. (Accepted/In press). How to Make a Difference in Visitor Attractions: Hands-on Interactive activities for family visitors in museums and galleries. In 20th International Hospitality and Tourism Research Conference HTMi website