About Thinking Museum

Would you like to engage your audience more with art and artefacts, themes and ideas?

Are you a guide, educator or freelancer who wants to easily make your tours, art discussions or educational programmes more interactive and engaging?

Or maybe you design exhibitions or programming in museums and heritage organisations and you’re looking for new ways to connect with all your different audiences?

There are many methods and techniques out there, but how do you decide which strategies to use to create more engagement with audiences when working with art and objects? And how can you implement these strategies well so that they have a lasting impact for both educators, guides AND visitors?
I teach educators, guides, museum/heritage professionals, creatives and freelancers a variety of easy-to-learn, flexible techniques and skills and give them the tools to create visitor-centred experiences that bring art and (museum) objects to life.
Over the past 10 years, I have developed ‘Visible Thinking in the Museum‘ – a method that uses thinking routines (from Visible Thinking) along with facilitation techniques and museum education practices. The result is ‘inquiry made simple’. A easy-to-follow process that allows you to confidently create, lead and manage engaging and interactive programmes with your collections.
In 2020, I developed Visible Thinking in the Museum Online (VTMO) an 8 module online programme teaching participants to use my ‘Visible Thinking in the Museum’ method. VTMO is now the flagship course of the Visible Thinking Membership.
Since starting Thinking Museum, I have seen how engagement and learning are positioned at the heart of what museums and cultural organisations do. I’ve also seen how creating real engagement with artworks, objects or with audiences, can be difficult for even the most experienced of professionals
I use my experience to approach training in a different way. I help you to excel at engaging audiences –  to find your own way of working, drawing on a ‘toolbox’ of educational practices, techniques and skills that you can use in your own individual way.  You can join my membership programme The Visible Thinking Membership and also hire me as a consultant and online trainer for your team.

Work with me

THE VISIBLE THINKING MEMBERSHIP - Monthly

The Visible Thinking Membership

My Visible Thinking Membership is suitable for educators, guides and creatives who are looking to create more engagement with art and ideas.

This is suitable for you if you:

  • Like to have a path or ‘roadmap’ to follow
  • Need accountability to help you stay on track
  • Enjoy learning with others and being part of an online community
  • Would like to be able to ask me questions about what you are learning and get feedback on how you are doing

Need guidance and accountability to master a new way or working to create engagement?
My Visible Thinking Membership could be just what you need.

Training and Consultancy with Claire Bown

Training & Consultancy

If you would like more personalised guidance, I can create a programme for you and your needs

This is suitable for you if you:

  • Want personalised advice on your audience and art engagement strategy
  • Want 1-2-1 access to me for yourself and/or your team
  • Want to be able to ask me questions about what you are learning and get feedback on how you are doing as and when you need it i.e. not as part of a group coaching call
  • Would like me to design and/or deliver a workshop or talk for you

Need 1-2-1 access to me for yourself and your team? I can create a programme especially for your needs.

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