An exhibition or museum is designed so that visitors are active, cultural participants, not passive consumers.
"Rather than delivering the same content to everyone, a participatory institution collects and shares diverse, personalized, and changing content co-produced with visitors.
It invites visitors to respond and add to cultural artifacts, scientific evidence, and historical records on display. It showcases the diverse creations and opinions of non-experts. People use the institution as meeting grounds for dialogue around the content presented. Instead of being “about” something or “for” someone, participatory institutions are created and managed “with” visitors.
Watch the video (spoken English, written English, BSL) of the Harris Museum in Preston for an example of the participatory approach: