Today at the International Spy Museum we met with Anna Slafer, Director of Exhibitions and Programs. After roaming around the museum for an hour we met to discuss the approaches the museum was looking to take with their display and programs at their new museum site in the coming year. Anna said that her goal for the museum is to provide “delight” and “insight.” Simply put:
Delight + Insight = Powerful Experience
As I look back on my experience in this seminar and reflect on the different museums we visited, I ask myself, what made a museum more interesting/immersive/fascinating than others? There were some museums that I really enjoyed and there were others that were interesting (but I may not go back as I didn’t entirely enjoy the experience).
Museums that I found very enjoyable contained a blending of delight and insight. Now when we say delight, we don’t necessary mean you are comfortable, but it gives you a feeling that enhances the experience of the information you are learning. Many of the museums we visited did just that.
The museum I work at is looking at reworking our interpretation and we have been discussing how we are to go about creating a fun and unique experience. I think that answer lies with the equation “delight + insight = power experience.” It is an equation that I have seen successfully work again and again over the last two weeks. I am excited to bring back the tools I have learned in the last two weeks back to my museum! 🙂