International Journal of Transpersonal Studies


Museums are safe spaces for the objects they hold and for the persons that visit them,

providing environments that can function in therapeutic ways. Within the wide range of

objects, there is enough diversity to help guests discover what similarities they have with

others as well as what makes them unique as individuals. Within exhibits, individuals can

explore themselves through the reactions they have to particular pieces, through the observation

of what holds their attention within the environment, and through the awareness and

development of their contemplative mind. Museums can introduce transpersonal information,

add information to previous transpersonal experiences, and even promote expanded

states of awareness. With direction, guests can use museums to learn about themselves, thus

optimizing the therapeutic potentials of these institutions.