Past and Present Tense: Understanding the Visitor Experience in the Indigenous Australians Exhibition at the Australian Museum

May 1st, 2006 | RESEARCH

This paper examines one Australian museum’s commitment to create social awareness of political issues within its community. The paper begins by discussing the challenge of cultural representation of Indigenous peoples in the context of civic engagement. Some of the historical and political issues facing Indigenous Australians and their representation in Museums are discussed. A study of the Indigenous Australians exhibition at the Australian Museum in Sydney investigates visitors’ perceptions of the exhibition. Recommendations are made as they relate to community partnerships, interpretive materials, and level of engagement with visitors. The appendix of this paper includes the visitor survey used in the study.



Team Members

Katherine S. H. Bouman, Author
Australian Museum, Project Manager


Identifier Type: issn
Identifier: 1064-5578

Publication: Visitor Studies Today!
Volume: 9
Number: 2
Page(s): 11


Audience: Evaluators | General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Education and learning science | History | policy | law | Social science and psychology
Resource Type: Peer-reviewed article | Research and Evaluation Instruments | Research Products | Survey
Environment Type: Exhibitions | Museum and Science Center Exhibits | Museum and Science Center Programs | Public Programs

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This material is supported by National Science Foundation award DRL-2229061, with previous support under DRL-1612739, DRL-1842633, DRL-1212803, and DRL-0638981. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations contained within are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of NSF.

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