Here are some images that identify the different types of museum visitor you can be. We’re sure you’ll discover which type of visitor you are.
According to research and numerous experts, there’s no one type of museum visitor. The research focuses on types of visitors, which are determined according to degree of commitment and interaction of the individual with the museum; something that varies depending on the type of museum we’re talking about. We can also see requirements and characteristics linked to the visitor’s personality, as well as their behaviour when visiting a museum.
Have you ever thought of yourself as an ant, looking at everything at your own pace and taking your time? Perhaps you’re more of a fish, observing the museum rooms from the centre? You could also be a butterfly, guided by the layout of the rooms, stopping to read the information as you go. However, if you prefer to choose what you want to see in advance, ignoring certain displays, you’re more of a grasshopper.
Each type of visitor creates their own enriching museum experience, in based on their previous experience, while adapting themselves to requirements that best fit their personality. These experiences can be divided into social, objective, cognitive and introspective experiences. With the social experience (one of the more unusual ones), we find visitors who enjoy social interaction within these places of cultural interest. Their main objective focuses on the artistry; the piece itself. The cognitive experience is characterised by intellectual pleasure, stimulated by the interpretations and intellectual experiences that the artwork transmits to the museum visitor. Lastly, we have the introspective experience, which focuses more on the emotion and feelings provoked by works of art.
Museums which are aimed specifically at children tend to have a more social and interactive atmosphere, compared with art museums that tend to aim for their visitors to have a more objective experience.
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