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date: 15 October 2019

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This chapter describes and discusses the major research methods used to study museums. These include gallery analyses and interviews with museum visitors, professionals, and stakeholders, as well as ethnographic fieldwork at museums. Drawing from a range of case studies conducted by museum practitioners, anthropologists, historians, and other museum studies scholars at a variety of museums, the author explores how these qualitative methods can be adapted to the study of exhibits, programs, and museums as knowledge-generating institutions. Approaches to research design, data analyses, and writing up are also examined.

Keywords: Knowledge creation, museums, exhibits, gallery analysis, ethnographic fieldwork, interviews, content analysis, case studies

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