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Graft, C. “Interpreter Interacts with Family at Colonial Williamsburg.” Visitor Studies Today 4(3) (2001): 1-5.


Most of the visitor studies published to date center around visitor learning from exhibits. There are other museums like Colonial Williamsburg, however, that in addition to exhibits depend on the knowledge, skills and inspiration of people— some in costume, some not, some in first person and some in third person, to excite and inform visitors about the past. What do we know about what visitors expect and how visitors learn while interacting with interpreters? More specifically, what do we know about specific types of visitors such as families with children and how they learn while interacting with interpreters? The study below is one of many studies conducted at Colonial Williamsburg for the purpose of strengthening the learning experience for families.

Informal Science