Worldwide, interest in metaphysics is burgeoning, as many people believe today’s global challenges require spiritual solutions. How do museums respond? Can museums move people beyond the material world, into the realm of transcendent experiences? Why would we want to? How can museums engage the growing number who consider themselves “spiritual but not religious,” those of different faiths, and those of no faith? Come explore how and why four different museums are using dreams, prayer, ritual, meditation, and other techniques to empower visitors to find their own transcendent experiences, to support spiritual diversity, and to offer pathways for social change and healing. Leave with new goals, replicable strategies, and expanded horizons!


  • Lois H. Silverman
  • Dawn Eshelman
  • Charles Fulcher
  • Ben Garcia
  • Amber Harris