Is it the lighting - either harsh and bright or dim to protect the exhibits with a real lack of natural light?
Or is it the air-conditioned climate that, again, suits the exhibits but not necessarily the visitors?
- Explorer – seeks to satisfy intellectual curiosity in a challenging environment.
- Facilitator – looking for meaningful social experience for someone you care about in an emotionally supportive environment – often, but not exclusively, children.
- Experience seeker - exposure to the best things and ideas, e.g. tourists.
- Professional/hobbyist - desire to further specific needs with a subject matter focus.
- Recharger – physical, intellectual and emotional recharge in a beautiful/refreshing environment.
Every teacher has to consider ways to keep learning interesting and, as museums are about imparting knowledge too, they need to consider ways to keep their visitors interested.
We all have a natural speed we walk at and we all have to slow down in a museum. This means slower breathing and less oxygen intake which all exacerbates the tiredness. The constant stopping and standing only makes you want to sit down even more.
Museums make us think more so while hardly moving physically our minds are whirring processing a lot of information. Pondering time at each exhibit adds a bit more to our weakening state.
I found this wonderful description of the slow walking pace and constant stopping we do in museums. It seems shopping has a similar effect but most supermarkets' goal is to get us in and out as quickly as possible yet museums strive to keep us for longer.
Do you have any ideas that might help stop us feeling so drained in museums? I have no intention to stop visiting but would like to have the energy to get on with the rest of my day afterwards.