Journal article

Grandfathers at Melbourne Museum: Shining a Spotlight on Overlooked Museum Visitors

Alison Herron, Andrew Jamieson

Visitor Studies | Taylor & Francis (Routledge) | Published : 2020


This article discusses a visitor research project conducted at Melbourne Museum in 2017. The aim of the study was to gain a better understanding of the perceptions and experiences of older museum visitors. The project research design entailed collection and interpretation of data from 39 semi-structured interviews and a short survey of 103 older visitors aged 60 years and over. A significant finding was the theme of museums as places of intergenerational experiences: visits with grandchildren were a major factor in older people coming to the museum. Of particular note were the qualitative interviews with 19 older male visitors. In the context of concerns about older men’s health and risk of ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported by the McCoy Seed Fund Scheme (2017): an initiative to develop collaborative research projects between Museums Victoria and the University of Melbourne.