Archive for the ‘Visitors’ Voices’ Category

  • Visitors Count! is accepting organizations for summer/fall gate visitor surveying until June 14. For the upcoming teacher survey, the deadline to sign up is August 15. Visitors Count! is AASLH’s visitor research program for history organizations. Too often, institutions simply assume they know what their visitors want and need for a high quality visit and […]

  • As many historic house museums across the country experience declining visitation, Portland’s Pittock Mansion has set a new record for annual visitors. Visitation has steadily grown from 81,000 in fiscal year 2013/2014 to 86,000 in fiscal year 2014/2015 to a new record of 103,000 visitors in fiscal year 2015/2016. Reaching over 100,000 annual visitors is […]

  • The Colony of Avalon is widely recognized as the best preserved early English colonial site in North America. Located in the rural community of Ferryland, Newfoundland, the colony was established in 1621 by Sir George Calvert (the First Lord Baltimore) as a place where Protestants AND Catholics could live and worship in peace. Today, the […]

  • Working on the Visitors Count project for the last couple of years has been a satisfying experience of learning where we are performing well and where we could work to improve ourselves. I started at Heritage Museums & Gardens in 2013 and in the summer of 2014, I was given the Visitors Count project to […]

  •   July 19-23, Hyatt Regency Boston With 14 in-depth workshops ranging from introductory statistics to data visualization and reporting, over 45 presentations of papers, roundtables, and think tanks, and keynote speakers from across the fields of data visualization and data science, the 2016 VSA conference will not disappoint! Check out the conference schedule of events and the workshops […]

  • If you work at a museum or historic site, you undoubtedly have a never-ending to-do list. With so many important projects vying for your attention, the best you can do is tackle the ones that seem most important and hope nothing critical falls by the wayside…right? Well, not quite. The key to prioritizing your time […]

  • Visitors Count! is now accepting enrollments for the next wave of research. The deadline is January 15, 2016. Visitors Count! is AASLH’s visitor research program for history organizations. It is offered in partnership with the Center for Nonprofit Management of Nashville (CNM). Too often, institutions simply assume they know what their visitors want. This in-depth […]

  • The Visitor Studies Association‘s annual conference will be held in Boston July 19-23, 2016! The Data Revolution theme will challenge the museum community to think about how the use of data in decision making, data collection and analysis techniques, and the availability and use of data by wider publics can contribute to new insights about […]

  • Evaluation in Education Practice

    September 11th, 2015

    The newest Journal of Museum Education, Empowering Educators to Evaluate is a great guide to starting out small and growing evaluation to create better learning experiences. It follows three very relevant questions: How do you start? How do you share? How do you grow? I have done varying levels of evaluation and visitor studies in […]

  • What I Look for in a Museum Visit is an on-going series in which museum visitors of all ages, backgrounds and interest levels are invited to share their thoughts on what they enjoy most (and least!) about museums. Today’s post was written by Andy Wilson, a retired physician and avid lifelong learner from the metro Detroit […]