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Liz Gardner

Interpretation Planner , Peabody Essex Museum

Liz Gardner is an art museum educator and interpretation specialist whose mission is to develop creative, inclusive, and accessible gallery learning experiences for visitors of all ages.

She is currently an Interpretation Planner at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA, where she collaborates with project teams to create innovative visitor-centered special exhibitions and permanent gallery installations.

Previously, she was the Public and Interpretive Programs Specialist at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College and the Assistant Director of Interpretive Programming at the Cincinnati Art Museum.

Liz holds an MA in Teaching + Learning in Art + Design from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BA in art history from Vassar College.

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PlayTime at the Museum


Australian National Maritime Museum

“Play is ______.” The Peabody Essex Museum set out to fill that blank, with the help of its visitors, in the exhibition “PlayTime” in 2018.

The first major thematic exhibition to survey the rapidly evolving role of play in contemporary art and culture, PlayTime and its accompanying digital publication became a beta test for how our museum could explore big ideas of cultural change. In this case study, members of the PlayTime project team will discuss how they tackled the challenge of transforming an art museum into a playful space for visitors of all ages, and the often surprising results.