Are you interested in organizing a travelling exhibition of the MMACA ?
The vocation of the Museum of Mathematics has been to approach the public throughout the territory since its inception. We are aware that it is not easy for the public and schools to come to the exhibition of the Palau Mercader in Cornellà.That is why we want to promote and facilitate the temporary installation of our travelling exhibitions as we have been doing since 2008.
We encourage you to come and visit us, either in the permanent exhibition of Cornellà, either in the travelling exhibitions so that you know us and talk directly about the possibilities of coming to your town.
Recommendations and issues to consider for a travelling exhibition
For the exhibition it is necessary a space of a minimum of 150-200 square meters to be able to properly present the modules.
Normally the modules are presented in tables of 150×60 or 180×60, offered by the entity that hosts the exhibition. But, if necessary, the MMACA has transportable tables of 180x60x72 that we can carry. We also have modules to hang on the walls and tarpaulins to put on the floor.
We believe that, to optimize transport and assembly work, a minimum of six weeks is recommended (with possible adaptations).
It is necessary to fix them in advance and reach agreements to reconcile the different demands.
Timetables for school visits
Normally this is the main objective of the travelling exhibition, allowing the visit to the MMACA to the schoolchildren of the territory. That is why for the success of the exhibition we need the complicity of teachers and entities of the territory: departments of education, culture, resource centers, museums, libraries, etc.
The visit of each group usually lasts one hour and a quarter.
Unless the space is very large, it is advisable not to do more than one group simultaneously.
It is necessary to foresee who manages the calendar of reservations of the visits of school groups.
Timetables for the general public
In addition, it is necessary to foresee, on weekends or some afternoon, opening hours to the general public.
We have found that many students who have already visited the exhibition with the school return with their family. Word of mouth expands and our exhibitions have become the most visited temporary exhibitions in the history of their respectiveSpaces.
It is necessary to foresee who is in charge of the monitoring or control in these time slots. We have often covered it with MMACA volunteers and friends from the same territory.
We believe it is appropriate to focus exposure to an accurate educational stage, for example the initial and middle cycle of primary education or the upper and secondary school cycles. We have also made exhibitions with a thematic axis, for example mirrors or surfaces.
If possible, we like to create especially for each travelling exhibition some material related to the population or entity that welcomes us.
Once the exhibition space plant is known, the MMACA will design the layout of the various modules to be exhibited.
Use of school visits
The visits will be made by class groups that will be accompanied by their respective teacher. The monitor-educator will give them a brief presentation and guide them so that they can freely experiment with the different modules.
A minimum work prior to and after the visit is convenient. We normally organize training for accompanying teachers where we explain the content of the exhibition and its continuity in the school.
Also available here, the didactic sheets of our modules.
Talks and conferences
Often the exhibition has been accompanied by one or more conferences open to the public. If you have an auditorium, it is a very good option, contact us. Among our partners there are great communicators who can make an attractive talk for the general public.
As in the permanent exhibition, schools can complement the visit with workshops such as the construction of Leonardo domes. Organizationally, this option requires more monitors, but facilitates the departures by the centers.
Cost and contracting of monitors
In addition to the local, this is one of the difficult topics to tie. The MMACA can be in charge of the training of educators-monitors.
We have used different models, from contracts with external companies to being carried out by volunteer retirees or the teachers themselves of resource centers.
Depending on the subsidy obtained from the institutions, it is possible to foresee what will remain to be covered with school visits and set the price.
The organizers must obtain a minimum fund that covers the assignment, transportation, assembly, training, monitoring, repairs and other expenses.
They must also foresee how monitoring is carried out and covered. Our exhibition needs accompaniment, since the options are diverse depending on the available budget, the staff and what you want to cover through school visits, normally, we do not include this section in the budget that we will prepare.