The capacity of art to influence human experience, as a way to communicate ideas, moods and desires, is universally acknowledged. What is less known is the impact that art and artistic expression can have on the wellbeing of those consuming said art. As such, museums could almost be considered as providers of wellbeing to visitors.
Dr Sendy Ghirardi’s thesis, which is now available free on the Econcult website, aims to expand our understanding of the relationship between museum experience and the psychological wellbeing of museum-goers in the Mediterranean region by focusing on two basic questions: 1) is there a relation between museum experience and the psychological well-being of museum users? 2) if there is, how can the museum foster it?