Claire Bown Thinking Musuem


I teach people techniques to help them connect with art. I believe we can to use art as a tool to slow down, develop our personal and professional skills and think creatively. I love helping people to make connections with artworks and with each other and I’ve made it my mission to empower people through open conversation based on art and objects.

I lead discussions about art using thinking routines. I find that they add a flexible structure to the conversation and provide a springboard for interesting questions. Why is this important? Well, this can help with growth and personal development, but also enables you to just enjoy the world of art more fully without needing recourse to needing specialist, in-depth knowledge.

Art and objects are there for everyone to enjoy, so let’s bring these discussions to life!


I have a ton of free resources to get you started on your journey with art and objects including my ultimate thinking routine list and lots more besides. You can also listen to my podcast where I share techniques and tools to help you engage audiences with art and ideas.

Ready to work with me? There are a number of options – from one-to-one Power Hours, VTMO, live masterclasses, group coaching, community and training in The Thinking Museum Membership and my 100% asynchronous and online programme, the Self Paced Programme.

If you’re looking for a bespoke team training, you can choose from a selection of online or in-person options.


Visible Thinking in the Museum Online (VTMO) is an 8 module interactive online course with a combination of self-directed study and live tutorials. It is suitable for organisations and for individuals who would like to further their professional development and learn how to create lively discussions about art and museum objects.

Next course starts 09 May 2022!

Visible Thinking in the Museum Online
Visible Thinking in the Museum Online


The Thinking Museum Membership is an online group coaching, community and training membership. Learn skills, techniques and tools to design and lead engaging programmes and tours about art and artefacts. Be part of a global learning community of educators, sharing, collaborating and supporting each other.

Get access to live masterclasses, thinking routine classes, coaching sessions and seasonal courses.

The Thinking Museum Membership


The Thinking Museum Self Paced Programme

The Thinking Museum Self-Paced Programme is designed to equip you with the skills you need to create and lead interactive experiences around art and artefacts.

The courses and classes included in this programme explore effective practice in the core elements of the Visible Thinking in the Museum (VTM) method – such as questioning skills, facilitation techniques, slow looking and an exclusive class teaching an introduction to VTM itself.

There are 4 core masterclasses and 2 core courses that form the foundation for the self-paced programme. New content and masterclasses are added on a regular basis to bring you the best of the latest developments in this exciting field.

Thinking Museum Team Training


Thinking Museum offer a variety of bespoke online, in-person and hybrid training sessions to suit the needs and requirements of your team. Click here for more information about courses, classes and resources for teams of educators, guides & creatives working for organisations – from 2 hour masterclasses to 1,2 or 3 day training courses.

This has been such an inspiring course. I really feel I have grown from the whole experience.

My main experience from participating in the course is how the structured routines really, really help focus attention on one image for an extended period of time. I am also reminded how powerful collaborative learning experiences are. I do love how you can learn from others’ experience and knowledge.
I love that by practicing thinking routines we are challenging our own perceptions, learning from each other and really growing. I also love the simplicity and elegance of the routines but how they get you to engage/reflect critically and deeply with the material.
This course has changed my whole way of working/thinking/developing ideas. Thanks so much!
Tali Krikler, Freelance Learning and Participation Specialist at Tali Krikler Learning and Participation
Dr Eleni Kostarigka

Thank you for doing such an amazing job. The membership is exceeding my expectations. Your newsletters and your support are also extraordinary! I love the community you have created: seeing and exchanging views with other museums and different backgrounds is so helpful. Doing one masterclass or class is great, but being a member gives familiarity and constant engagement with the VT community and that creates more confidence

Dr Eleni Kostarigka, Freelance Educator

VTMO is a game changer in museum education. It provides a wonderful basis from which to present programs. I also learned a great deal from you, Claire, in your facilitation skills. And it was wonderful conversing with fellow educators around the world. I feel far more confident in my practice.

Gabrielle Grime, Heritage Education Officer

It was a pleasure to work with Claire Bown, both in the planning of the sessions, the implementation and the documentation we received. Her in-depth knowledge of art, the museum context and the visual thinking routines made the customisation of the training for an advanced team fun and professional.

The session has provided a common area of reflection for our team as well as new practical tools in facilitation. To be able to use the time during the pandemic restrictions in a creative way and get the best out of digital meeting tools has given us energy to develop new ways of working with our own digital offerings and also plan for future, physical, programmes in the museum.

Claire Bown is a structured and sensitive art educator that listens to ideas and requests, adapts but also has a clear view of how she wants to implement each training. Since the beginning of our collaboration I have known her to be highly professional and warm – all of which made me trust fully in the outcome.

Lena Eriksson, Nationalmuseum, Sweden

Thanks Claire for an amazing course! I learned so many new things and methods and getting to know you and all the other participants was such an incredible experience. I feel that the way that you structure and organise the course online made us all feel like we are a part of something!

The course was in my opinion perfect – super well-organised and much more personal than I would have expected. Claire, you are a master of making things interesting!

Bjorg Stefansdottir, Iceland, Master of Museology student at the University of Iceland