Are you an interpretation professional working in an art museum/center, encyclopedic/general (multi-disciplinary) museum, natural history/anthropology museum, or science/technology museum/center? We would love to hear from you! We are conducting research on the histories and practices of museum interpretation in these four types of institutions. We developed this survey to take the pulse of contemporary practices in museum interpretation, and to map out tools, strategies and knowledge used by interpretation professionals in exhibitions. This research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canada’s federal research funding agency.

Thank you in advance for completing this survey! Please read below for details about the survey and your rights as a participant. When you click on the survey link at the bottom of this page, you are agreeing to participate in this study. If you have any questions, please contact Irina D. Mihalache at


Project Lead: Prof. Irina D. Mihalache, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto

Project Collaborator: Courtney Murfin, interpretive planner, Toronto

Graduate Research Assistants: Alexandra Forand & Natalia Toronchuk, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto


1.  The time to complete the survey is approx. 30-40 minutes.

2.  Your participation in this study is completely voluntary. Although we hope you will complete the survey in its entirety, you may stop at any point.

3.  This survey is confidential, and we will not collect any identifiable information. Due to the anonymous nature of this study, it is not possible to withdraw your data after the online survey has been completed.

4.  The survey results will be only accessible to the four members of our team, and will be stored on an encrypted USB drive, which will be kept in a locked office.

5.  Due to the anonymous nature of this survey, there is no risk associated with participation.

6.  Benefits of your participation may include raised awareness of interpretation professionals’ work in exhibition teams; creation of new knowledge about museum interpretation; and community building.

7.  Summaries of survey results will be available as free to download pdfs on the project’s website in June 2020. We encourage you to read them, share them with your organizations, and let us know your thoughts!

8.  Human Research Ethics Program may have confidential access to data to help ensure participant protection procedures are followed.

For questions about your rights as research participants, contact:

Research Oversight and Compliance Office
Human Research Ethics Program

Tel: 416-946-3273