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Exploring, Engaging, Understanding in Museums

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Publication date2006
Host publicationSpace Syntax and Spatial Cognition Workshop: Spatial Cognition '06: Proceedings of the Workshop held in Bremen, 24-28th September 2006
EditorsChristoph Hoelscher, Ruth Conroy Dalton, Alasdair Turner
PublisherUniversität Bremen
Pages33 - 51
ISBN (Print)9783887226917
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Publication series

NameMonograph Series of the Transregional Collaborative Research Center
PublisherUniversität Bremen


Patterns of accessibility through the space of the exhibition, connections or separations among spaces or exhibition elements, sequencing and grouping of elements, form our perceptions and shape our understanding. Through a review of several previous studies and the presentation of new work, this paper suggests that these patterns of movement form the basis of visitor understanding and that these effects can be deliberately controlled and elaborated through a closer examination of the influence of the visual and perceptual properties of an exhibition. Furthermore, it is argued that there is also a spatial discourse based on patterns of access and visibility that flows in its own right, although not entirely separate from the curatorial narrative.