This research has been carried on during the development of the new Museum of Science (MUSE) of Trento, Italy, whose opening has been scheduled for July 2013, and concerns a public engagement activity for supporting the project team with information on opinions, interests and needs of target audiences. MUSE will be a science centre of the newest conception, residing in a futuristic building in a city area that used to host an industrial site and is now undergoing regeneration as a new town quarter. Its construction is supported by local funding and the massive building works are in progress since quite a few years. Its development has been complemented with an intense public engagement targeted to the commu- nity various actors, as feelings, opinions and expectations of MUSE’s potential visitors have been regarded as crucial. 

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Exploring visitors’ opinions
Formative evaluation for the ‘sustainability gallery’ at MUSE, the new science museum in Trento, Italy

L. Martinelli   Museo delle Scienze, Trento, Italy

S. Caliari   Museo delle Scienze, Trento, Italy

M. D’Alessandro   Master in comunicazione della scienza, SISSA, Trieste, Italy

P. FamaÌ€   Museo delle Scienze, Trento, Italy

F. Perna   Master in comunicazione della scienza, SISSA, Trieste, Italy

D. Tombolato – Master in comunicazione della scienza, SISSA, Trieste, Italy

This research has been carried on during the development of the new Museum of Science (MUSE) of Trento, Italy, whose opening has been scheduled for July 2013, and concerns a public engagement activity for supporting the project team with information on opinions, interests and needs of target audiences. MUSE will be a science centre of the newest conception, residing in a futuristic building in a city area that used to host an industrial site and is now undergoing regeneration as a new town quarter. Its construction is supported by local funding and the massive building works are in progress since quite a few years. Its development has been complemented with an intense public engagement targeted to the commu- nity various actors, as feelings, opinions and expectations of MUSE’s potential visitors have been regarded as crucial. 

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