This is an interesting article...
When the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art opened in Bentonville, the museum offered 11,000 students free school tours. Each visiting group (chosen by lottery) viewed five paintings over the course of an hour. The tours were student-directed, which means curators did not lecture. Instead, they gave students minimal information about each painting and spent the majority of the time facilitating discussion. "The changes were measurable and significant," says Jay P. Greene,
professor of education reform and a researcher on the study. In
particular, a single museum tour was found to make"a definite
impression on students." According to Greene, students on this tour
remembered what they'd learned "even without an external reason for
doing so--like a grade or a test."
-- read article by Jennifer Miller HERE
-- read about the educational value of field trips HERE