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Dunn Museum Conducting Survey

March 15, 2023 01:53 PM

The Bess Bower Dunn Museum is conducting a survey for museum-goers. “The survey will provide staff with data from our visitors as well as nationwide results for context, helping us be more effective in the communities we serve,” said Director of Education Nan Buckardt. “We want to know how we can support and engage visitors in 2023 and beyond.”

The American Alliance of Museums (AAM) is sponsoring the survey that takes about nine minutes to complete. There is an opportunity for participants to win one of ten $100 Visa gift cards.

“Our team cares deeply about sharing meaningful stories of Lake County’s history and nature with the community,” Buckardt said. “We look forward to hearing what our visitors have to say about the Museum which aims to encourage and inspire visitors to make a positive impact on their communities and our world.”

The survey is a joint research project between the AAM and hundreds of museums across the United States and Canada.

The AAM is the only organization representing the entire museum field, from art and history museums to science centers and zoos. Since 1906, it has been championing museums through advocacy and providing museum professionals with the resources, knowledge, inspiration and connections they need to move the field forward.

Since opening in 2018, the Museum has hosted 10 special exhibitions including, Marvelocity: The Art of Alex Ross, Ansel Adams: Early Works and Reima Ratti: Life and Art in the Great Depression. There have also been three significant community projects that include A Celebration of Souls: Day of the Dead in Southern Mexico, Our Voice is Black History and the COVID-19 Documentation Project.

The Lake County Forest Preserves operates the nationally-accredited Dunn Museum, a distinction held by only 3% of American museums. Other area accredited museums include the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Science & Industry.

The Preservation Foundation, the charitable partner of the Lake County Forest Preserves, provided the funding for the survey through a grant from the Annual Fund.

To take the survey:

Media Contact: Nan Buckardt, Director of Education,, 847-968-3330