Visitor comfort in museums: seating

Comfortable and plentiful seating is the single easiest way to make visitors feel comfortable and welcome.

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Seating can be a part of the exhibition. This is a space in an Asian museum.

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This historical exhibit from the Oakland Museum is a reproduction of a military transport plane taking troops from Oakland to Vietnam. 

Photo: Laura Lovett, Oakland Museum

Photo: Laura Lovett, Oakland Museum

 

Seating in non-exhibit areas is critical. The lobby of the Guggenheim Museum in New York City is a great place to rest, or just sit and watch the crowds. 

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Here is an example of cruel irony at MOMA. Chairs on display everywhere, and no place to sit in the entire exhibition. 

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Why not let visitors sit on reproductions of these award-winning chairs? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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