Visitor Responses and Behaviors in the Kenneth E. Behring Family Hall of Mammals at the National Museum of Natural History

July 1st, 2005 | RESEARCH

This study, requested by Smithsonian Secretary Lawrence Small, was conducted between April 2004 and May 2005, over all four seasons, and used the following methods: 1) open-ended interviews with 55 visit groups; 2) formal observations of a sample of 100 visitors, for which the observer estimated the age and gender of visitors and noted their paths, all stops over 3 seconds in length, what displays they looked at, and which hands-on devices they used; 3) a peer review panel comprised of seven ex- hibition specialists (curators, designers,writers, educators, and exhibition developers) who work at or for the Smithsonian; 4) a teen review panel of three local high-school students, who also conducted interviews with teens in the exhibition.


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Team Members

Smithsonian Institution, Contributor, Smithsonian Institution


Audience: Evaluators | General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: Education and learning science | Life science
Resource Type: Reference Materials | Report
Environment Type: Exhibitions | Museum and Science Center Exhibits