Who We Work With

People, Places & Design Research has worked with more than 180 cultural-interpretive organizations, conducting close to 700 visitor studies. We help our clients understand their audiences for purposes such as audience development, exhibition planning, shaping marketing plans, improving visitor services, analyzing visitor experiences, and doing staff development regarding visitor research and evaluation. The range of different types of organizations is highlighted here, with a sample of specific ones listed. We are often invited back to do more than one project for an organization.


  • New England Aquarium, Boston
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey CA
  • John G. Shedd Aquarium, Chicago
  • Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach CA
  • New York Aquarium, Coney Island
  • Florida Aquarium, Tampa

Art Museums

  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
  • MASS MoCA, North Adams MA
  • Museum of Int’l Folk Art, Santa Fe NM
  • Whitney Museum of American Art, NY
  • Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington DE

Botanic Gardens & Parks

  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden, NY
  • NY Botanical Garden, Bronx NY
  • Wave Hill, Bronx NY
  • Winterthur Museum & Gardens, DE
  • Lincoln Park, Chicago IL
  • Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge MA

Children’s Museums

  • Boston Children’s Museum, MA
  • Children’s Museum of the Arts, NYC
  • Cloisters Children’s Museum, Baltimore MD
  • Wichita Children’s Museum, KS
  • Children’s Museum of Atlanta, GA
  • Staten Island Children’s Museum, NY

Cultural Museums

  • Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles CA
  • National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati OH
  • Chickasaw Cultural Center, OK
  • Institute of Texan Cultures, San Antonio TX
  • Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, Tuskegee AL

History Museums & Sites

  • US Holocaust Memorial Museum, DC
  • Texas State History Museum, Austin
  • Historic Deerfield, MA
  • Hershey Museum, Hershey PA
  • Mill City Museum, Minneapolis MN
  • Mark Twain House, Hartford CT

Natural History Museums

  • Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver CO
  • Bell Museum of Natural History, Minneapolis MN
  • The Field Museum, Chicago
  • Naturalis, Leiden, Netherlands
  • Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh PA
  • Peabody Museum of N.H., New Haven CT

Performing Arts Organizations

  • Williamstown Theatre Festival, MA
  • Shakespeare & Co., Lenox MA
  • Berkshire Opera, Gt. Barrington MA
  • Real Art Ways, Hartford CT
  • Little Theatre of Manchester, CT
  • Artists Collective, Hartford CT

Science Museums

  • Connecticut Science Center, Hartford CT
  • Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul MN
  • Maryland Science Center, Baltimore MD
  • The Tech Museum, San Jose CA
  • OMSI, Portland OR
  • Louisville Science Center, KY

Unique or Combination Museums

  • Adirondack Museum, Blue Mt. Lake NY
  • Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield MA
  • Museum of New Zealand, Wellington NZ
  • New York State Museum, Albany NY
  • Experience Music Project, Seattle WA
  • Women of the West, Colorado


  • Wildlife Conservation Society, Bronx Zoo NY
  • St. Louis Zoo, MO
  • Marine World Africa USA, Vallejo CA
  • Roger Williams Park Zoo, Providence RI
  • Oregon Zoo, Portland OR