Long-term learning for students is one goal of teachers, right? Well, according to the Abraham Lincoln Museum site, museum studies show the following:
- The museum experience brings students out of the textbook in an exciting way.
- The people in history come alive!
- Exposing students to things they can see, hear, and touch greatly increases their long-term learning after being presented with new material in the classroom . Experiencing exhibits and artifacts reinforces what was learned.
- The social experience that occurs on a field trip greatly increases the learning that happens in the museum.
- The exhibits appeal to the many different learning styles of students, and they also appeal to all ages. (I can testify to that!)
- The powerful stories told by the exhibits and artifacts help the students to remember their experience for a long time.