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How to Visit a Museum with PwD

Museums are becoming places of entertainment and education, places to relax. Visitors are looking for new excitement, but also discoveries. Museum staff are designing new programmes that suit different groups of visitors in order to achieve a rich user experience.

Why is it useful?

Archives and museums can play an important role in supporting programmes aimed to stimulate memories and engagement of PwDs and their carers, providing sources for reminiscence-based as well as other psychosocial intervention methods. It is important to know how to organise a visit to the museum for PwD accompanied by a caregiver or family member.

Social aspect

Museums that showcase artwork have a great potential to positively affect PwD. They reduce stress, provide positive emotions, reduce loneliness and warm social relationships. The change of environment stimulates the senses, encourages interaction with other people, encourages movement and brings back memories. Being in a museum elicits better stress responses in PwD, improves cognitive function and reduces depressive symptoms. Regular museum visitors with dementia say they feel less socially isolated and find it easier to relate to other people with similar interests.





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