Museums as restorative environments

Packer, Jan and Bond, Nigel (2010) Museums as restorative environments. Curator: The Museum Journal, 53 4: 421-456. doi:10.1111/j.2151-6952.2010.00044.x

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Author Packer, Jan
Bond, Nigel
Title Museums as restorative environments
Journal name Curator: The Museum Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0011-3069
Publication date 2010-10
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.2151-6952.2010.00044.x
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 53
Issue 4
Start page 421
End page 456
Total pages 36
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher American Museum of Natural History
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract Restorative environments possess a combination of attributes that facilitate recovery from mental fatigue. Most previous research in this regard has focused on natural environments, but this paper explores the extent to which museum environments also provide access to restorative experiences. Visitors (307 tourists and 274 local residents) to a history museum, an art museum, an aquarium, and a botanic garden completed a questionnaire regarding the restorative qualities and benefits of the environment they visited. The findings indicate that for some people, museums are at least as restorative as natural environments. The paper contributes to the development of a theoretical understanding of museums as restorative environments and provides insights into the factors that facilitate and enhance restorative experiences. Such experiences have the potential to contribute to visitors’ well-being and satisfaction.
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