Family Learning Project
The USS Constitution Museum will provide a hands-on, minds-on environment where intergenerational groups seeking an enjoyable, educational experience can have fun and learn as they explore history together.
– USS Constitution Museum Strategy
To address institutional and industry questions about how best to engage families, the USS Constitution Museum initiated the Family Learning Project. The project began in 2004 thanks to an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Leadership Grant that supported the Museum’s exploration of exhibit techniques that lead to enjoyable, informative, and social experiences for all ages. Dissemination of the Museum’s findings to museum professionals across the country was made possible through a 2008 21st Century Museum Professionals Grant funded by IMLS.
Today, thanks to a new three-year National Leadership Grant from IMLS, the Museum is now focusing its area of study on characteristics and techniques that encourage intergenerational engagement and learning in facilitated programs. The results will fill a void in the professional literature and will inform professional practice in the museum and library fields for years to come.
Find out more by visiting the Museum’s website dedicated to family learning – www.familylearningforum.org.