Seminário de Investigação em Museologia dos Países de Língua Portuguesa e Espanhola, I, 2009
Salud + Cuidados + Aprendizaje + Diversión : ¿¿¿Es Esto Possible??? Proyecto Museo-Hospital. Pachuca, Hidalgo, México
Karina Ocaña Izquierdo
AbstractIn this poster I discuss a project that has been developed in Mexico, about linking an interactive science museum named “El Rehilete” and the new Children's Hospital of Pachuca; the main objective is to offer the hospital’s patients an alternative therapy, as a complement to the healing process and to make less unpleasant visiting the hospital. Both institutions are located in the city of Pachuca, in the state of Hidalgo and 80 kilometers north of Mexico City. The museum and the hospital play an important role in the local community, since this Mexican state has a population of just over 2 million inhabitants, 41% of this population are kids and youths between 3 and 18 years old, and they are the target audience of these 2 institutions. The core of the project is an exhibit hall housed by the hospital, but operated by the museum. It will have a set of interactive exhibits related to health issues and they will be available for the patients that will visit the hospital. Given the nature of the project, it is imperative that through all of its stages, formative evaluation should be done in order to solve the different issues that will be arising. To carry out this research work, it was necessary to use different research methodologies, such as: interviews, documentary analysis and direct observation. The last one was the most used, since I had the opportunity to participate in part of the project planning stage. It is the first project of its kind in Mexico, so it represents a big challenge and a wonderful opportunity for collaboration and learning among both institutions. At the same time, it will provide significant support to the local community, improving patients’ welfare in the hospital. In this sense, the museum-hospital project is a concrete example of how new museology has redefined the museum as the complete interaction of: space, heritage and community. Since its very first beginning, the project has been sponsored by local government and is and planned to continue operating in this way, but it would be much better if some other sponsors could be involved. This project will be a unique opportunity for audience research, because of the characteristics of the public who will be attended and the museum space within the Children's Hospital.
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