Family Learning Forum

A Project of the USS Constitution Museum

Exhibition Reading List

The following books and articles have been chosen as they were helpful to us in our project on learning more about designing family friendly exhibits.


  • Borun, Minda, et al. Family Learning in Museums: the PISEC Perspective. The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia. 1998.
  • Humphrey, Thomas-Principal investigator, Joshua P. Gutwill- Co-Principal Investigator, and the Exploratorium APE Team. Fostering Active Prolonged Engagement: The Art of Creating APE Exhibits. Exploratorium, San Francisco CA. 2005.
  • McLean, Kathleen. Planning for People in Museum Exhibitions. The Association of Science and Technology Centers. Washington D.C. 1993.
  • Serrell, Beverly. Exhibit Labels: An Interpretive Approach. Nashville Tennessee: AASLH PRES. 1996.
  • Serrell, Beverly. Making Exhibit Labels; a Step by Step Guide. Nashville Tennessee: AASLH PRES. 1983.


  • Adams, Marianna, Jessica Luke, and Theano Moussouri. “Interactivity: Moving Beyond Terminology,” Curator: The Museum Journal, Vol. 47 No. 2, (2004): 155-170.
  • Allen, Sue and Joshua Gutwill. “Designing with Interactives: Five Common Pitfalls,” Curator: The Museum Journal, Vol. 47, No. 2, (April 2004): 199-212.
  • Ash, Doris. “How Families Use Questions at Dioramas: Ideas for Exhibit Design,” Curator: The Museum Journal, Vol. 47, No. 1, (2004): 84-100.
  • Borun, Minda and Jennifer Dritsas. “Developing Family-Friendly Exhibits,” Curator: The Museum Journal, Vol. 40, No.3 (1997): 178-196.
  • Borun, Minda, Margaret Chambers, Jennifer Dritsas, and Julie Johnson. “Enhancing Family Learning Through Exhibits,” Curator: The Museum Journal, Vol. 40, No.4 (1997): 279-295.
  • Dierking, Lynne, Dale McCrady, Diane Frankel, and Leslie Adelman. “Facilitating and Documenting Family Learning in the 21 st Century,” Current Trends in Audience Research and Evaluation, Vol. 15, (May 2002): 62.
  • Jones, Mika Cohen, Lynn D. Dierking, John H. Falk, Leonie Rennie, and Carol Scott. “Interactives and Visitor Learning,” Curator: The Museum Journal, Vol. 47, No. 2., (April 2004): 171-198.
  • Kelly, Lynda, Gillian Savage, Janette Griffin, and Susan Tonkin. Knowledge Quest: Australian Families Visit Museums. Sydney and Canberra, Australia: Australian Museum and National Museum of Australia, 2002.
  • McManus, Paulette. “Families in Museums,” in Roger Miles and Lauro Zavala (Eds.)., Towards the Museum of the Future: New European Perspectives. London and New York: Routledge, 1994, 81-97.
  • Pinus, Diana Alderoqui. “Look Again!: Planning an Exhibition with Social Interaction in Mind,” The Journal of Museum Education, Vol. 25. Nos. 1-2. (Spring 2000).
  • Rheame Paul H. “A Hands-on Approach for Don't Touch Exhibits,” Curator: The Museum Journal, Vol. 31, No. 2 (1988): 96.
  • Scott (Ed.) Evaluation and Visitor Research in Museums: Towards 2000. Sydney: Powerhouse Publishing, 1995, 81-82.
  • Serrell, Beverly. “Paying Attention: The Duration and Allocation of Visitors' Time in Museum Exhibitions,” Curator: The Museum Journal, Vol. 40, No. 2 (1997): 108-125.
  • Spock, Dan. “Is it Interactive Yet?” Curator: The Museum Journal, Vol. 47, No. 4 (2004): 369-374.
  • Van Balgooy, Max A. “Hands-on or Hands-off? The Management of Collections and Museum Education,” Curator: The Museum Journal, Vol. 33, No. 2, (1990): 125.
  • West, Robert. “The Economics of Interactivity,” Curator: The Museum Journal, Vol. 47, No. 2, (April 2004): 213-223.
  • Wood, R. “Families,” in Gail Durbin (Ed.) Developing Museum Exhibitions for Life Long Learning. London: Museum and Galleries Commission, 1996, 77-82.