Learn how to create a museum program for people with memory loss.

Opening Doors to Memory and Imagination: Creating a Museum Program for People with Memory Loss is a 97-page manual available free of charge. Compiled by Jane Tygesson, it offers museums and cultural institutions a road map for launching programs for families with memory loss. Small, large, rural, urban — any museum or cultural institution can open their doors to serve those with memory loss and their caregivers.

Download the manual by clicking on the graphic below. Additional resources that have been curated since the manual was published are also listed below.



Highlights of the Manual Include:
  • Reports and case studies from successful programs at Midwestern museums
  • Step-by-step guide on creating a new program at little or no cost to your museum
  • Materials for training docents and volunteers
  • Sample tour topics, communication tips, promotional materials, and evaluation tools.

The manual is free to download, made possible through a partnership with the SPARK! Alliance and funding from the Helen Bader Foundation.








Additional Resources:

Since the publication of Opening Doors to Memory and Imagination, Jane Tygesson has continued to curate and collect additional resources that are helpful to individuals working with this population. You’ll find them itemized below.

1. How to Listen + Communicate Effectively

2. Positive Effects of the Arts on Participants + Grant Language

3. How to Create Effective Hands-On Art + Poetry Experiences