Workshop: Focusing on Visitors: Public Programming and Exhibits at History Institutions

This workshop provides a broad overview of public programming and exhibits with a focus on active learning. Seasoned educators will direct conversations about museum education and the role of museum educators.

Participants will leave the workshop with information and materials they can take back to their organizations to adapt and apply.Through interactive activities and case studies, participants will gain knowledge and tools for a wide range of relevant topics, including audience types, volunteer management and training, tour techniques, active learning with people of all ages, developing exhibits with visitors in mind, technology, evaluations, planning, and working with others to build programs.

The themes of this workshop are based on the publication The Museum Educator’s Manual: Educators Share Successful Techniques, coauthored by one of the workshop instructors.



Date: March 30-31, 2017

Location: Atlanta History Center | Atlanta, Georgia

Cost: $280 AASLH Members/$405 Nonmembers
*Get $40 off registration if you book by February 23, 2017!*


Who Should Attend:
This workshop is ideally suited for staff (first-time museum educators, tour guides, volunteer managers, and mid-career professionals), museum studies students, or dedicated volunteers working in all types of museums who are given the responsibility of education and public programming.

Click here for a sample agenda for this workshop.

tim-grove-2-final-smaller-fileTim Grove is the Chief of Education for the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, and co-author of The Museum Educator’s Manual: Educators Share Successful TechniquesThe 2nd Edition of the book is coming out this spring.

Alexandra Rasic is the Director of Public Programs for the Homestead Museum in City of Industry, CA.


Visitor Feedback Stations

Revisiting some great readings from earlier this year, I came across a nice post from colleague Linda Norris on her experience with the feedback stations at the Oakland Museum of California.


In short, Linda loved them and her post gives us a lot to consider as to what it was that she liked. Here's why:

  1. The at the center of the invitation: "Share your story"; "Tell us your thoughts"; "We want to hear from you."
  2. The questions are interesting--and sometimes surprising. 
  3. There's space in the exhibitions for changing questions: "How is the drought affecting you?"
  4. But equally importantly, throughout the entire museum, a visitor can see that they are important, that these voices matter.

Read Linda's full post for a more in-depth examination of how the museum utilizes this technique in its interpretation.