Education & Interpretation
Museums evoke awe by placing people in a context that demonstrates the gravity of greatness and a feeling of incalculable vastness. Within the museum, visitors may be awed by being in the presence of artworks. Outside, a museum’s architecture can create feelings of awe, as can the anticipation or reflections of a museum visit. Learn about the psychological concept of awe and similar emotions, along with how they are used in museums. In particular, discover differences in how guests report awe when leaving a variety of art and science museums.