Feeling Freedom - Heartbeats and Drumbeats: An Exhibit Design Exploring the Nature of Museums, Hands-On Exhibits and Freedom

By Maureen Salsitz.

Published by The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

The theme of ‘freedom’ was chosen as a conceptual device that is linked with strong emotional reactions. The challenge was to explore the theme of freedom with few visual cues. Drums and music from around the world were chosen, the intent being to create a traveling exhibition that could be taken to schools and museums. This project highlights the need for additional museum programs for visually impaired visitors and demonstrates that there is indeed a disparity between visitor experiences that can be corrected by creating more hands-on exhibits and displays. By designing and creating a museum exhibition that accommodates both the visually impaired and the sighted, the essential museum experience that evokes wonder and curiosity can be enjoyed by all visitors.

Keywords: Visually Impaired, Wonder, Curiosity, Hands-on Exhibit

International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp.21-28. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 601.899KB).

Maureen Salsitz

Claremont Graduate University, Fullerton, California, USA

Maureen Salsitz is a first year student in the Cultural Studies PhD program at Claremont Graduate University. Her research interests include the paradigm shift in museums that involves a shift from collections and acquisitions to education and interactive exhibits, wonder and curiosity as key components to visitor museum experiences, and Cultural Anthropology. Maureen currently works at California State University, Fullerton as a part time lecturer in the Anthropology Department and teaches Cultural Anthropology courses online.

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