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External Pressures on Museum-Going: A 2023 Annual Survey of Museum-Goers Data Story

This visual Data Story is based on findings from the 2023 Annual Survey of Museum-Goers, a national survey of American museum visitors from AAM and Wilkening Consulting. Every year, the …

Leisure-Time Shifts in a (Mostly) Post-Pandemic World: A 2023 Annual Survey of Museum-Goers Data Story

There have been a lot of changes in how people live their lives over the past five years, largely (but not exclusively) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While some of these shifts may benefit …

Museum Visitation—Frequency vs. Incidence Gaps: A 2023 Annual Survey of Museum-Goers Data Story

When we plot out certain demographic characteristics, we find that who visits museums frequently (and the gaps we discover) can be very different than who visits museums at all (the …

Museum Visitation: A 2023 Annual Survey of Museum-Goers Data Story

It's been 3.5 years since the COVID-19 pandemic devastated museum visitation. For some museums, visitation is back to normal. For others, well,…

The Six Tools for Effective Digital Design

In 2020, after a fifteen-year run working in museums on digital engagement projects, I decided to start my own consultancy. In the process of building it, I often heard from people familiar …

CARE-apy: Belonging in Cultural Institutions

Approaches, Findings & Future Directions for the Field What does belonging look like in cultural institutions? We’ll share how two projects worked to understand belonging – across a …

CARE-apy: How to Measure Museum Social Impact: From Participant Recruitment to Retention

As the national Measurement of Museum Social Impact (MOMSI) study comes to a close, come learn how study sites navigated visitor participation in the project. Hear from three different …

Different by Design: A New, Inclusive Framework for Accessible Museum Exhibitions

In January 2020, I authored a post for the Alliance Blog about speechless: different by design, an exhibition that I curated for the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) and the High Museum of Art in …

“Wait, What? Toddlers in an Art Museum?”

Caitlin Mock Wilson, a mother of two young children and a Clyfford Still Museum (CSM) member, often went to museums with her parents as a young child. When she had her own children, she …
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Celebrating Deaf Culture: How 5 Leading Museums Approach Accessibility and ASL Year-Round

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After I asked my husband to repeat himself multiple times in one conversation, he eventually turned to me and said, “You don’t hear anything I say. Please get your hearing checked.” I …

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