Museum makerspaces are engaging spaces, but how do they really support learning? The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and the Institute of Museum and Library Services have developed a framework to support learning in museum and library makerspaces. The framework hinges on three general components: a focus on the purpose of the makerspace, the people who support making in the space and the pieces and parts that engage the learners in making. In this session, you will engage with the tools to plan a developing makerspace or reflect on a current implementation of making in your museum. Through the intentional design of makerspaces, museums can influence their visitors’ experience and more actively engage them in meaningful learning.

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights


  • Peter Wardrip
  • Lisa Brahms
  • Christopher Reich