Can adult learning be measured at the end of a visit to a temporary exhibition? And if so, what are the most adequate tools? The two-year project Una metodologia per valutare l’apprendimento degli adulti nelle mostre temporanee in un’ottica europea, funded by the Department of Education of the University of Roma Tre, aims at answering those questions. The article presents the results obtained during the first phase of the research, that was held during the exhibition Da Donatello a Lippi. Officina pratese, hosted by the Museo del Palazzo Pretorio in Prato, from 13 September 2013 to 13 January 2014. From the 212 questionnaires collected, the visitors’ profile and how they chose to visit the exhibition were described. Besides, through some cognitive questions it was possible to measure if and to what extent visitors acquired new knowledge at the end of the visit.
Keywords: Adult learning, temporary exhibitions, learning assessment, museum visit, understanding.