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How Can We Open the Museum Door Wider?

February 13, 2012
Press Release #12-020


(St. Mary’s City, MD) February 13, 2012—History museums want more diversity in their visitors. Today, 95% of the audience is older, white, well-educated, and well off, says Julia King, associate professor of anthropology at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. To help attract a broader audience, the public is invited to a panel discussion staffed by experts from the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the National Museum of the American Indian, the consulting industry, and St. Mary’s student body president at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Feb. 28, at the college’s Daugherty-Palmer Commons.

While museums value all of their visitors, says King, we will look for ways to attract audiences more representative of the nation's population. This program is sponsored by the Museum Studies Program.