NLI at The Field Museum

Updating Museology

Using digital tools to curate an exhibit

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Since 2009, the Pearson Foundation’s New Learning Institute and The Field Museum of Natural History have been partners and collaborators in developing and implementing programs that redefine and reimagine how learning takes place in a museum context. The Field Museum’s origins date to 1893, when the institution was founded to house the biological and anthropological artifacts assembled for the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Today it is home to numerous prize-winning natural history exhibits and collections that contain more than 20 million specimens. While exhibits remain the core of the museum's offering to the public, the institution is committed to developing new approaches to education that serve its diverse audience. Providing design-driven, learner-centered environments, NLI at The Field Museum programs engage youth in constructing a new paradigm around how they interact with media and the museum.