A primary role of museums is to engage and educate the community. Geography, culture and history can be linked and made interactive by visiting a museum.
One of the most crucial and difficult tasks of the museum today is to communicate a country's natural and cultural heritage in a way that illuminates the contemporary situation. Museums are examples of informal learning environments, which means they are devoted primarily to informal education — a lifelong process whereby individuals acquire attitudes, values, skills and knowledge from daily experience and the educative influences and resources in his or her environment.
Field trip to museum helps establish a link between the vanishing past and the present with a view to ensuring the acquisition and advancement of knowledge for intellectual growth, national pride and awakening, social progress, and international harmony.
What kind of people visit museum often?
Explorer – seeks to satisfy intellectual curiosity in a challenging environment.
Facilitator – looking for meaningful social experience for someone you care about in emotionally supportive environment – often children.
Experience seeker - exposure to the best things and ideas, e.g. tourists.
Re-charger – physical, intellectual and emotional recharge in a beautiful/ refreshing environment.
We should visit museums, rather than to learn as we are in formal education settings.
Research suggests –it leads to champion the role of museums as spaces for free-choice learning which is generally a more effective way to learn.
Those seeking informal or free-choice learning are usually looking for different kinds of learning than you’d associate with statutory education:
what we learn from museum visit:
Objects bear the marks of how they've been used, giving us access to ideas that may have been too fundamental to a person's life ever to have been written down. (Katy Barrett)
Objects give us a special kind of access to the past. They allow us to touch (within careful parameters usually) something that was used by people, and thus get a physical feel for their lives.
We can learn about past societies' values from what they kept, and what materials they made things from - or about daily life from such simple things as cooking utensils and furniture.
Objects bear the marks of how they've been used, giving us access to ideas that may have been too fundamental to a person's life ever to have been written down.
The wear and tear on books can show us how people read them, with some even showing the rust marks of the knife used to cut the pages in an era when text was printed on large sheets of paper which were folded the size of the finished book.
objects can provide a very tangible link between us and people of past societies. Besides the insights they can offer into contemporary art, craft and technology, trade or settlement patterns, they can also illuminate individual lives.