CMAPEI Museum Study Tours: Best Practices
Overview about our Tours
Provincial Study Tours:
Time of Year: End of Summer to late Fall (on a weekend)
Duration: 2 Days (one Day each for East and West regions)
Length: 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.
Transportation: Mini Bus (10 people per day) provided by CMAPEI
Cost: $15.00 (per person per day) or $20.00 (for 2 days)
When you work for a museum you seldom get the opportunity to visit other museums in the province during the Spring and Summer season. Every museum on the island represents a unique aspect of Island culture and heritage. But, even though our sites are different in many ways we all share common curatorial, programming and funding issues. This study tour gives our members the opportunity to explore other sites and to share in a knowledge exchange in how to solve some of the common issues that we all have. Six sites per day are visited, with a hour lunch break around noon time.
Out of Province Study Tours:
Time of Year: Either Late Spring or early Fall.
Duration: 4 Days (each day goes from 10 am to 5 / 6 pm)
Transportation: Mini Bus (10 people) provided by CMAPEI
Cost: Participants pay for their own food and hotel.
This study tour gives participants a chance to visit and learn about techniques and processes successfully used in off Island museums associated with exhibit development, collections management and storage, interpretation, and interpretive programming. This exploration of Best Practices and over coming challenges will provide participants with new insights into museum operations and provide them with new approaches to solving problems within a museum.
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Description of Hector Heritage Quay
The Hector Heritage Quay of Pictou depicts the story of Scottish migration to the New World, the Hector Heritage Quay introduces visitors to the history and culture of the area. The centre piece of this attraction is the full scale reproduction of the Tall Ship Hector, on the Pictou waterfront. At the Interpretive Centre visitors are invited to step aboard Canada's newest tall ship and experience life on an 18th century sailing vessel. Complementing the Ship Hector is a variety of attractions based on the history and culture of the area that combine to create a multi-faceted experience in "living heritage." Friendly and knowledgeable certified heritage interpreters walk you through the facility, which is interactive in nature. Script, sound, motion, images and models retell the story of the Ship Hector voyage of 1773, and the significance of her passengers to Nova Scotia history.
This site was picked due to the programming and interpretation that is presented to the visiting public.
Third person interpretation at a mid-sized museum.
Description of Sherbrooke Village
In the 1860s, timber, tall ships and gold brought prosperity to Sherbrooke’s people. Today, you can explore this amazing village with its 25 original buildings, to experience life as it was along the St. Mary’s River before the 1900s. Hear tales about the village as costumed interpreters bring history to life. Watch sparks fly as the blacksmith’s hammer hits the anvil, see the weaver’s nimble hands at the loom and hitch a ride in a horse-drawn wagon.
At Sherbrooke Village they interact with their visitors on a first and third person level. This is important for our members to see because not all sites can do first person interpretation, but also it is important to learn how both types of interpretation styles can work together to give a visitor a well rounded experience.
First and third person interpretation at a site with multiple buildings and how to effectively integrate first and third person interpretation styles together.
Description of MacDonald House Museum
The museum features a Gothic Revival-style home, barn, school and display shed containing furniture, wagons and artefacts of Lake Ainslie, depicting the life style of the community’s ancestors.
This heritage house is a community museum that activity engages in first and/or third person interpretation. This museum’s experiences, and how it operates, is similar to some community museums found on PEI. Thus, this site is a good example of how interpretation can work for small museums. The MacDonald House Museum also sits on a lake that is part of their site and their sites interpretation. So this museum also is a good example of how to use your surroundings to enhance the your message or story.
Third person interpretation at a small community museum that not only uses the house as a teaching tool but the landscape surrounding the site.
Description of Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site:
At Fortress of Louisbourg you feel as if you have stepped back in time. Visitors get to experience what a thriving 18th century seaport and capital of Île Royale was like. The Fortress of Louisbourg was one of the busiest harbours in North America and one of France's key centre’s of trade and military strength in the new World. Each summer the Fortress springs to life. Dozens of costumed animators become the town's residents of the summer of 1744. There are over 25 buildings open to the public including period homes, exhibits, restaurants and gift shops. The sights and sounds of the 18th century come alive at the Fortress of Louisbourg.
This site specializes in first person interpretation, and the staff at the fortress also provides their visitors with a wide variety of second person experiences which allow people to feel and live the time period they are representing at the fortress. Being a National Historic Site the staff that run the site have years of experience and can teach our members about everything there is to know about first person interpretation.
First person interpretation at a National Historic Site level. This site also shows different ways tour participants might do interactive activities and demonstrations that involve the visitors.
Description of Highland Village Museum:
Experience Gaelic life, culture, heritage and hospitality at this living history museum and folk-life centre in Iona, located in the heart of Cape Breton. At the village visitors can take part in a traditional céilidh, hear Gaelic singing, and learn to speak Gaelic phrases. Visitors can also see costumed animators demonstrate skills such as weaving, quilting and rug hooking.
This site not only provides third person interpretation, but also provides visitors with hands-on or experiential learning activities. Visitors walk away from this site having learned a skill, either it being weaving or speaking Gaelic. It is important for our members to see how a site can not only preserve and teach history, but also how we can preserve and teach skills that is not longer used today.
Third person interpretation at a historic village that teaches visitors real skills from the time period the village is representing. This site will show how participants can create programs that teach visitors traditional skills.
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