Responses to a Human Remains Collection: Findings from Interviews and Focus Groups

July 1st, 1999 | EVALUATION

This report presents the findings from a study conducted by Randi Korn & Associates, Inc. (RK&A), for the National Museum of Health and Medicine (NMHM), Washington, DC. The study was designed to investigate how visitors respond to the display of the Museum's human remains collection. Specifically, the research objectives were to:

  • determine visitors' motivation for visiting the Museum and their expectations of the Museum
  • identify reactions to a range of specimens, including models, illustrations, wet specimens, skeletal specimens, fetuses, and plastinated specimens
  • ascertain what aspects of the human specimens cause visitors to respond as they do to the specimens
  • identify ways to display human specimens and depictions of human specimens so that visitors' experiences include learning.
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    Team Members

    Randi Korn & Associates, Inc., Evaluator, Randi Korn & Associates, Inc.
    National Museum of Health and Medicine, Contributor


    Audience: Evaluators | General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals
    Discipline: Health and medicine | Life science
    Resource Type: Evaluation Reports | Front-End
    Environment Type: Exhibitions | Museum and Science Center Exhibits