Journey to Space Summative Evaluation Report

December 31st, 2015 | EVALUATION

The Science Museum of Minnesota (SMM) engaged Rockman et al (REA) to conduct a summative evaluation of the museum’s Journey to Space (Space) exhibit. Space is a large-scale traveling exhibition that simulates a journey to the International Space Station (ISS), allows visitors to explore the physical properties of low gravity environments, and introduces some of the engineering and technology that makes it possible to live and work in space. This exhibit is a collaborative project led by SMM, the California Science Center and the three other members of the Science Museum Exhibit Collaborative. The goals of the exhibit are to encourage museum visitors to: 1) immerse themselves in the sights and sound that astronauts experience traveling to, and living in, space; 2) engage as problem solvers with some of the unique engineering challenges that must be solved to support living and working in space; and 3) experience life aboard the ISS interpreted through the voices of engineers, scientists, and astronauts. The purpose of this mixed method summative evaluation study was to gather information on visitors’ interest in and perception of the exhibit; visitors’ interest in and understanding of space science and research; the appeal of the exhibit across different audiences and contexts; and any impacts on visitor attitudes and understanding of the exhibit-specific content and technology



Team Members

J Shipley Newlin Jr, Co-Principal Investigator, Science Museum of Minnesota
Molly Reisman, Evaluator, Rockman et al
Nissa Kirtman, Evaluator, Rockman et al
Scott Burg, Evaluator, Rockman et al


Funding Source: NASA
Funding Program: Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums
Award Number: NNX10AK10G
Funding Amount: $1,248,959

Related URLs

Journey to Space


Audience: Families | General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Engineering | Space science
Resource Type: Evaluation Reports | Summative
Environment Type: Exhibitions | Museum and Science Center Exhibits