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How do families learn together when they come to a museum? It's a little-explored question, and one that staff members at the USS Constitution Museum in Boston were interested in exploring. In 2004, they started the Family Learning Project with support via a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to explore this matter, along with looking at effective, low-cost exhibit techniques. The museum studied their own "Sailors Speak" exhibition, in order to answer questions that included: "What kinds of historical text could engage families most effectively?" A basic overview of their mission can be found in the "About" area, and then visitors will want to look over their findings in sections like "10 Steps to Encourage Family Learning" and "Developing Content to Engage Families".
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