How Museums Can Help Promote Empathy

We talk a lot about how museums can use storytelling to transform museum experiences. We love thinking about fresh and innovative ways to re-engage new audiences and draw in new visitors.

But today we are going to focus on how museums, as institutions of history, culture and change, can help change the world. And, more specifically, how they can help increase empathy.

Elif M. Gokcigdem recently wrote an article for The Greater Good Science Center, located in Berkeley California. In this article, “Five Ways Museums Can Increase Empathy in the World,” Gokcigdem discusses the concept of empathy and how museums can become champions for the increasing empathy in the world.

Another cool thing about Gokcigdem: she has a book called “Fostering Empathy Through Museums” that showcases museums who are actually applying these practices.
We’ve compiled some of our favorite points and takeaways from Gokcigdem’s article below.   


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