How M+ Is a Lab for Learning
At M+, learning is core to our mission. The following article is adapted from a public talk entitled ‘Experiments in Museum Learning’ delivered by Stella Fong, Lead Curator of Learning and Interpretation.
‘A museum is a laboratory.’ It’s made for experimentation. This was the point of view brought forward in the 1920s by Alexander Dorner, the Director of the Lower Saxony State Museum in Hanover, in Germany. He argued that being experimental was a key feature of museums. Now, in the twenty-first century, museums are transforming at an unstoppable pace. How should museums position themselves in our rapidly changing world? And, as a new museum of visual culture, how is M+ approaching learning and education?
'Education' vs 'Learning'
The main functions of museums are collection, conservation, research, exhibition, and education. According to the code drawn up by the International Council of Museums, ‘Museums have an important duty to develop their educational role and attract wider audiences from the community, locality, or group they serve. Interaction with the constituent community and promotion of their heritage is an integral part of the educational role of the museum.’1 In view of this, the educational mission of museums is crucial,and the interaction with audiences is especially important.