Below are the programs for two learning programs I created for a house museum in the Los Angeles-area. One is self-guided family activity, the other a facilitator-led activity using artworks within a house museum that tell the history of the American bison hunts. These programs incorporated the strategies covered in the Museum Learning Design section.
Example: Gallery-Guided Activity: "Where did the Bison Go?"
Following is the facilitator guide created for a volunteer or staff member leading the activity in the house museum. It is a 20-minute activity using art works by Charlie Russell and others, to tell the history of the bison in North America.
Design Strategies Used Strategies from engagefamilies.org include: encourage conversation with use of questions; focus on relevance by asking questions that highlight the value of history, and storytelling as method to learn about culture and history including within one’s own family; encourage multi-outcomes by visitors' discussing family traditions, and by visitors creating a unique mini-sculpture. It’s also multi-modal, using activities that engage the different senses (sound, touch, vision), and multi-sided where visitors are active and interact with each other.
Example: Blueprint Activity with Family Guide and Facilitator Guide
This self-guided activity for use within a house museum includes, 1) facilitator support guide that describes the logistics of setting up and guiding the activity, and 2) the Discovery Guide for families to use in the house museum.
The Family Discovery activity was available to families and groups who visited during an open house event.