Boston Museum of Science incoporates scent.

The Boston Museum is making their museum more accessible to people with special learning needs, by adding items you can physically touch, hear and smell. Over the past 25 years they have tried to find ways for everyone to enjoy their museum. It all started out with natural history habitats, where visitors were able to touch things like deer antlers. Soon after that audio descriptions was added and on top of that scent.

They try to be accessible to people with all kinds of learning disabilities, like autism. According to the article from the “In order to reach the widest possible audience, the exhibit teams at the Museum of Science and their associated contractors and collaborators employ a universal design approach to content development and design.” Universal design is defined by the Center for Universal Design as “The design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.”

This way people can engage in activities, as well as actually learn from them.

Scent can be very important in this learning process, as it enhances memory and such. I think this is a great idea that the Boston Museum of Science is trying to have everyone be able to enjoy their museum and I think more museums should incorporate the universal design.


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