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Browse PublicationsA Lifetime of Curiosity: Science Centers and Older Adults
  A Lifetime of Curiosity
A Lifetime of Curiosity: Science Centers and Older Adults
Wendy Pollock, Editor
ASTC, May 2009

With the first wave of baby boomers now looking to the next phase of life, the time is right for museums to expand their engagement with older adult audiences. This publication offers positive examples, inspirational stories, and resources for those who are ready to get involved. The first section includes stories by older staff and volunteers who are making a real difference through their work in and with science museums. The second highlights some science museum programs that are currently popular among older adults. The last section points to other resources and offers a checklist and reminders about issues of comfort and accessibility. Although this report focuses on the United States, much will apply to any society with an aging population. Supported by a grant from MetLife Foundation.

$10 for ASTC members, $15 for nonmembers.

Contents

   Introduction
      Overview
      Perspective: Museums and the Aging Revolution

   A Lifetime of Experience: Older Workers, Paid and Volunteer
         Overview
         Profiles
            Building the institution
               Headwaters Science Center, Bimidji, Minnesota
            Working behind the scenes
               Office of Accessibility, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
               Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, Vermont
               New Jersey Academy for Aquatic Sciences, Camden, New Jersey
            Meeting the public
               Museum of Life and Science, Durham, North Carolina
               Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota
               Museum of Science and Industry, Tampa, Florida
               Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland, Oregon
            Taking science into the community
               Catawba Science Center, Hickory, North Carolina
            Institutional memory
               National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C.
               SciWorks, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
      Perspective: Museums and the Aging Revolution

   A Lifetime of Learning: Programs for Older Adults
      Overview
         Profiles
            Science Club, Laguna Rainbow Center
               Explora, Albuquerque, New Mexico
            Dinosaur Field School
               Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
            Soap Box
               MIT Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts
            Astronomy Programs at a Lifelong Learning Institute
               Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, Dayton, Ohio
            Mini-Medical School
               Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia
            Lecture Series
               Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver, Colorado
            Senior Tuesdays
               Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota
      Perspective: Science Centers and Museums: Not Just for Children

   A Welcoming Place
      Overview
      Science Museums and the Age Wave: A Checklist for Involving and Engaging
       Older Adults
      Resources



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