Specimen Stories: Creating Multi-Layered Learning Experiences in a 19th Century Museum

October 1st, 2014 - September 30th, 2016 | PROJECT

Wagner Free Institute of Science will develop, prototype, and produce new interpretive tools to enhance visitor learning experiences and deepen visitor engagement with the museum's rich history, unique collections, and Victorian-era exhibit gallery of natural history specimens. Interpretive tools will include a site guide; a map of the natural history installation, which will contextualize the exhibit and provide a bridge to contemporary science; specimen stories to drill deeper into the collection; and interpretation-infused admission protocols. In creating these approaches, the Wagner will directly involve college students and young adult visitors through an iterative process of prototype testing and refinement. The initiative will result in new ways for visitors to experience the museum; make connections between science and history; and foster learning through self-directed discovery.

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Team Members

Pat Warner, Principal Investigator, Wagner Free Institute of Science


Funding Source: IMLS
Funding Program: Museums for America
Award Number: MA-10-14-0302-14
Funding Amount: $148,930


Audience: Museum | ISE Professionals | Undergraduate | Graduate Students | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: General STEM | History | policy | law | Life science
Resource Type: Project Descriptions | Projects
Environment Type: Exhibitions | Museum and Science Center Exhibits