Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Museum and Field Studies
In the last few decades museums in the United States had experienced major changes. Responding to extensive postmodern critique of the field, museums made a concerted effort to reevaluate their role in their communities. This "re-thinking" led to some of the most interesting changes in museum practice and how these institutions relate to their public. One of those changes is the dramatic increase in the amount of attention that museums now pay to the socio-economic and cultural diversity of their audiences. Museums are not only acknowledging that diversity, but also are focused on accommodating it within their walls. This research looks at two different museums: one is a major mainstream American museum that had implemented many of these changes in the design of its new Native American Arts gallery. The other is a large tribal museum. Through the use of evaluation techniques this research reveals the impact of the new design strategies used by the mainstream museum of visitors' experience. The results are then compared to similar research conducted at the tribal museums.
Fartushnikova, Irina Mikhaylovna, "Cultural Representation in Museums: Assessing the Impact of Changes on Visitor Experience" (2012). University of Colorado Museum of Natural History Graduate Theses & Dissertations. 3.