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Nina Simon
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Book Description

2 Mar 2010
Visitor participation is a hot topic in the contemporary world of museums, art galleries, science centers, libraries and cultural organizations. How can your institution do it and do it well? The Participatory Museum is a practical guide to working with community members and visitors to make cultural institutions more dynamic, relevant, essential places. Museum consultant and exhibit designer Nina Simon weaves together innovative design techniques and case studies to make a powerful case for participatory practice. "Nina Simon's new book is essential for museum directors interested in experimenting with audience participation on the one hand and cautious about upending the tradition museum model on the other. In concentrating on the practical, this book makes implementation possible in most museums. More importantly, in describing the philosophy and rationale behind participatory activity, it makes clear that action does not always require new technology or machinery. Museums need to change, are changing, and will change further in the future. This book is a helpful and thoughtful road map for speeding such transformation." -Elaine Heumann Gurian, international museum consultant and author of Civilizing the Museum "This book is an extraordinary resource. Nina has assembled the collective wisdom of the field, and has given it her own brilliant spin. She shows us all how to walk the talk. Her book will make you want to go right out and start experimenting with participatory projects." -Kathleen McLean, participatory museum designer and author of Planning for People in Museum Exhibitions "I predict that in the future this book will be a classic work of museology." --Elizabeth Merritt, founding director of the Center for the Future of Museums

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  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Museum 2.0 (2 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615346502
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615346502
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nina Simon is an independent experience designer with expertise in participatory design, gaming, and social technology. She is the principal of Museum 2.0, a design firm that works with museums, libraries, and cultural institutions worldwide to create dynamic, audience-driven exhibitions and educational programs. In addition to design work, Nina lectures and gives workshops on visitor participation. She is an adjunct professor of social technology in the University of Washington Museology program. Nina authors the Museum 2.0 blog, which also appears as a column in Museum magazine. She is also a member of the board of the National Association of Museum Exhibitions. Previously, Nina served as Curator at The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, CA, and was the Experience Development Specialist at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. Nina lives in Santa Cruz, California. She spends her free time rock climbing and building tree houses.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I highly recommend this book 20 April 2011
By Teresa
An extremely current and interesting book. It is downloadable by chapters in the author's website. However, I don't regret I bought it! It is worthy to have it in your library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars interesting book 3 Nov 2012
By fanis
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Although i have not yet finished the book i find the topic very interesting. Focus on practical matters about museum vistors and their participation in enhencing their museum experience.
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4.0 out of 5 stars very good! 26 July 2013
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A very good book, with lots of examples, I recommend it to anyone interested in visitor experience and participation in museums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For Inspiration start here 17 May 2010
By Harry White - Published on
This is a field report from the cutting edge of modern museology. Nina sets out the case for participation in a clearly structured distillation of her wide experiences, including lots of case studies which are backed up with more detail on the linked website.

I read the book on holiday and came back fired up with new ideas to try. Can't recommend it highly enough, if you're in the business, just add it to your basket now, you won't regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for all Exhibition Designers 17 April 2010
By Mandi Zanski - Published on
As a student of Exhibition Design at FIT in NYC, I found Nina's book to be a must read for anyone who is interested in creating meaningful and personal cultural experiences. The book serves as a guide for understanding exactly what visitor participation can be, can look like, and how it can be evaluated. The organization of information and the numerous case studies used help the reader to digest the otherwise complex task of empowering individuals in cultural institutions. Everyone is talking about "interactive, social" exhibit environments, but Nina Simon actually describes ways that this can be achieved successfully. An inspiring read that I will refer to for the rest of my career!
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5.0 out of 5 stars not just for museums! 9 Dec 2010
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I don't work in a field related to museums at all. I sell enterprise software, but a common problem plaguing all businesses these days is how to stay relevant in a world where the public expects a level of interaction that the classic didactic experiences don't provide. Consumers want a high level or personalization, and interaction creates rich "sticky" experiences. I would recommend this book to anyone in experience design, shopper marketing, or anyone who ever has to has to stand a trade show booth.

One of the best things about this book is that she explains concrete approaches to make experiences more interactive and these are all based on case studies, there's little or no hand waving and pontification.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cutting Edge in Museum Studies 26 Mar 2010
By R. Connolly - Published on
As an avid reader of Nina Simon's Museum 2.0 blog I was quite pleased when she announced she was writing a book. Now in hand, my initial read of The Participatory Museum lives up to my expectations. Ms. Simon is clearly on the cutting edge in the practical, hands-on, applied end of Museum work. I particularly enjoy her outside the box thinking that is firmly grounded in practice. The volume is an excellent resource to kick start creative thinking from conceptualizing through to implementing and evaluating visitor participation appropriate for the monster and miniature museums alike. The Participatory Museum is a welcome addition as an assigned text for my course offerings in Museum Studies
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Source of Information 8 Oct 2010
By Erin Gray - Published on
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Nina Simon's The Participatory Museum is an excellent source of information for anyone in the museum field. Simon discribes various ways that museums have explored participatory techniques (both successful and unsuccessful) to get you thinking about new ways of engaging patrons in your institution. Throughout the book, Simon provides various case studies and numerous resources in the form of links to these cases and many others. Simon also facilitates a blog that is updated regularly to make the book itself a participatory experience.
The Participatory Museum is a definate read for anyone in the museum education or exhibition design field.
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