Spatial and Conceptual Aspects of Orientation: Visitor Experiences at an Outdoor History Museum

D. Geoffrey Hayward
Mary L. Brydon-Miller

DOI: 10.2190/C82H-885M-U8R7-YJK4


The processes of perceiving and understanding an environment are complex and multidimensional. However, there are significant benefits to be gained by understanding these processes, and relating them to the planning, design, and management of particular settings. The research reported here is part of a broader effort in the field of environmental psychology to investigate how people perceive and make use of environments, and how their image of an environment is formed [1-3]. It is also an example of the practical application of social science research in evaluation and planning for historic sites and museums.

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