At the Museum
Walk through one or more museum exhibitions with the students.
Explain that the main purpose of your walk-through is to get the students
thinking about ways they can approach their own exhibition. Tell them to
observe the exhibition with an eye toward how the information is presented.
Hand out the questionnaires you made in step 6 of the Preparation
section and have students fill them out as they go through the exhibition.
Also tell the students to think about whether some of the techniques
in the exhibition would lend themselves to the themes they chose. For example,
if the exhibition uses recorded music, the students may want to consider
whether or not music would work (and be appropriate) in their exhibition.
Have them write down any ideas the exhibition inspires under the appropriate
themes on their list of the top two or three that the class came up with.
Give students time to talk with a museum staff person.
If you have been able to make arrangements to have a staff person on hand,
encourage the students to ask any questions they might have about how an
exhibition is put together. A staff person might also be able to provide
specific ideas about how your students can approach their own exhibition.
Last Modified September 19, 1997