The Happy Museum Project is due to be reassessed this year, 2013, and will hopefully be adopted by other organisations.
The idea behind The Happy Museum Project is to discard the old concept of museum visitors as onlookers and to see them as participants. This involvement can lead to a new found sense of responsibility and stewardship for their local communities, not to mention individual personal growth and confidence .
Museums are not just about displaying our past. They also illustrate how life is inevitably about change and how these changes can often bring about transformations in our communities . These transformations can be positive if people feel they have an active role to play in these changes.
The Happy Museum Project recognises that material well-being is an important factor in our lives, but it is not the key to happiness. It is our connections to our fellow human beings that matter most.
1.“Museums of Happiness” by Tony Butler in Resurgence Magazine, May/June 2012.
2.“Museums to become ‘happy’, progressive community spaces” by Christie Teal in Positive News Autumn 2011.
3. The Happy Museum Project website.