Abstract

Hannula, Leena
Finland
C.183 | Wednesday, 18 July 2007, 10:30 - 11:00, Room C2
Learning in the Museum *Visitors Studying the Sinebrychoff Art museum
There has been continual conflict about issues surrounding learning in museums. The conflict has been both inside the museum and among the public which has different expectations of their visits to the museum. The conflict inside the museum is usually concerning the importance of “serious research and storage” of museum collection and experimental art education which is part of museum pedagogy. Do we have to teach the audience, whether exists śwrong answersť and how should museums try to educate their visitors? The Sinebrychoff Art Museum in Helsinki specializes in European Art from 14th century to 19th century. This period of art is considered difficult among visitors because of its context. The research of museum visitors, the collections and museum pedagogical activities has helped the museum to understand the needs of visitors and to develop good examples for working during their museum visits. The day-care centres, senior citizens, new ethnic groups, schools and universities of education have been helpful with developing good methods for museum pedagogy and its art education I have met a lot of curiosity for the information from the questionnaires which, at the same time, show the need for help to give feed back in a convenient way *not to teach wrong people, not to irritate or disturb the privacy of the visitor and convince the staff of the importance of art education. Studying visitors in the Sinebrychoff Art museum in fact leads the visitor to study the museum.
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