Emotion and the Contemporary Museum

Development of a Geographically-Informed Approach to Visitor Evaluation

  • Candice P. Boyd
  • Rachel Hughes

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Candice P. Boyd, Rachel Hughes
    Pages 1-9
  3. Candice P. Boyd, Rachel Hughes
    Pages 11-21
  4. Candice P. Boyd, Rachel Hughes
    Pages 23-50
  5. Candice P. Boyd, Rachel Hughes
    Pages 51-76
  6. Candice P. Boyd, Rachel Hughes
    Pages 77-87
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 89-92

About this book


This book outlines a geographically-informed method of evaluating the emotional impact of museum exhibits.  The authors have personally developed the method they describe over several years of working with the Museo Laboratorio della Mente in Rome and the Melbourne Museum in Australia.  Informed by non-representational theories in cultural geography, this book offers solutions to museum staff for how they might evaluate aspects of visitor experience, such as emotions and embodied experience, which can be very difficult to assess using conventional approaches.


visitor evaluation affective museum display visual knowledge museum geographies non-representational theory

Authors and affiliations

  • Candice P. Boyd
    • 1
  • Rachel Hughes
    • 2
  1. 1.School of GeographyUniversity of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia
  2. 2.School of GeographyUniversity of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia

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