Skip to content

Loneliness and Social Isolation – How Can Museums Help?

Category: Health

Research suggests that loneliness is an increasing social problem, and one with serious health consequences. To combat this trend, some museums are running programs that encourage people, especially those in at-risk populations, to make and sustain human connections.

Museums can be the catalyst for people who want to break free of loneliness. Interacting with culture can boost health and wellbeing. Creating art, handling objects and learning new skills are all beneficial. But most of all, wellbeing is improved by doing these activities alongside others and feeling like a part of something.

—Charlotte Coates

By Charlotte Coates The issue of loneliness has been making headlines in recent years. More and more people are feeling isolated and alone. In fact, a recent study found that one in five Americans always or often feel lonely or socially isolated. Human beings are social creatures.

Continue Reading at MuseumNext

AAM Member-Only Content

AAM Members get exclusive access to premium digital content including:

  • Featured articles from Museum magazine
  • Access to more than 1,500 resource listings from the Resource Center
  • Tools, reports, and templates for equipping your work in museums
Log In

We're Sorry

Your current membership level does not allow you to access this content.

Upgrade Your Membership


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Subscribe to Field Notes!

Packed with stories and insights for museum people, Field Notes is delivered to your inbox every Monday. Once you've completed the form below, confirm your subscription in the email sent to you.

If you are a current AAM member, please sign-up using the email address associated with your account.

Are you a museum professional?

Are you a current AAM member?

Success! Now check your email to confirm your subscription, and please add to your safe sender list.