Documentation, reports, studies, articles... related with the assessment and study of the audiences of cultural heritage, produced by both the Observatory and other institutions and organisations.


The section "Museums Participatory Projects" is a collection of initiatives and activities promoted by catalan museums and collections that attempt to involve and engage the public. A participatory cultural institution is a space where visitors can create, share and connect with each other around their content.

Museums and health

  • 14.03.2023 - Museums and health

    Quina és l'evidència sobre el paper de les arts en la millora de la salut i el benestar?

    Aquest informe de l'Organització Mundial de la Salut sintetitza l'evidència global sobre el paper de les arts en la millora de la salut i el benestar.

  • 22.11.2022 - Museums and health

    “Scoping review of culture, well-being, and health interventions and their impacts, challenges and policy recommendations for Europe.”

    The aim of this scoping review is to synthesise existing evidence on the positive effect of arts and cultural activities on health and well-being. This means the review is not limited to a few research questions but seeks to provide a clear indication of the volume of existing literature, the key concepts, focus points and the types of studies that exist. 

  • 17.10.2022 - Museums and health

    Rethinking relevance, rebuilding engagement

    This report shares findings from a second wave of the Culture & Community research, collected in May 2021, over a year into the pandemic, and at a point when cases were falling before new variants emerged.

  • 11.10.2022 - Museums and health

    Benefits of a 3-month cycle of weekly virtual museum tours in community dwelling older adults

    This study aims to examine whether a 3-month cycle of weekly virtual tours of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) may have improved feelings of social inclusion, wellbeing and quality of life, and reduced physical frailty in older adults living within the community of Montreal.

  • 18.07.2022 - Museums and health

    Museums on Prescription

    Museums on Prescription is a three-year research project (2014-2017) funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council investigating the value of heritage encounters in social prescribing.

  • 18.07.2022 - Museums and health


    The project particularly focused on European musical heritage of the 15th-16th centuries. One of the objectives was to recover the potential of European organological (14 instruments) rich heritage in order to reach with them vulnerable collectives (especially people with mental health problems) as participants of implementation of project and dissemination of early music.

  • 18.07.2022 - Museums and health

    Tate Liverpool Youth Rehabilitation

    Novus are creating foundations for change through prison education and for almost 30 years they have been helping men, women and children of all ages and abilities, in prison settings across England and Wales, to take new directions. Novus proposed innovative arts and family enrichment programmes in order to support children to develop positive relationships, strengthening bonds with family, friends and significant others.

  • 18.07.2022 - Museums and health

    Art Therapy | Malaga Hospital

    Factoría de Arte y Desarrollo have carried out an art therapy program from the Picasso Foundation | Museo Casa Natal with a group of patients with mental disorders who were being treated in the mental health unit of the Hospital Clínico de Málaga.

  • 18.07.2022 - Museums and health

    Understanding the Social Wellbeing Impacts of the Nation's Libraries and Museums

    Local libraries and museums are actively involved in encouraging social connections and institutional connections that catalyze creativity, ingenuity, and empathy within their communities in ways that promote personal and social well-being. These unique characteristics of libraries and museums make them critical institutions for advancing efforts to promote inclusion and equity for historically underrepresented populations, especially with citizens of color.

  • 18.07.2022 - Museums and health

    Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing

    The aim of the report is to improve awareness of the benefits that the arts can bring to health and wellbeing, and to stimulate progress towards making these benefits a reality in the UK. This APPG inquiry into existing engagement of the arts in health and social care was made to make recommendations to improve policy and practice.

  • 04.07.2022 - Museums and health

    Illuminart Museum

    Illuminart Museum is the first virtual museum for patients in hospitals, a project done by Art dans la Cité and presented for the first time on October 2019, to the project partners and enthusiastic health facility managers. This multi-cultural venue open to the world, allows patients to discover works of art from all over the world in their hospital rooms, and have access to a multidisciplinary and international artistic and cultural program. 

  • 04.07.2022 - Museums and health

    Oxford Museums Prescription for Reminiscence | South East England

    The Prescription for Reminiscence Project links into museum services across the Oxford Aspire Museums Partnership, a consortium of Oxford University Museums and Oxfordshire County Council Museums Service (and one of 16 Renaissance Major Partner Museum Services funded by ACE to support excellence and resilience within regional museums).

  • 04.07.2022 - Museums and health

    Inclusive museums for well-being and health through the creation of a new shared memory

    The Inclusive Memory project aims at promoting the building of a common shared social memory realised through a museum based social inclusive system, through the link Art-Health-Wellbeing. It is based on the concept which sees museums as teaching and learning environments, and Universities as active social actors, both strengthening their role of cultural integration facilitators. 

  • 04.07.2022 - Museums and health

    Course: Introduction to Arts in Health

    The first Course: Introduction Arts in Health at the National Museum of Art of Catalonia is emphasizing the development and management of mental health programs, such as anxiety disorders and depression, and it is addressed to cultural and health professionals. Every Tuesday, for five sessions, leading international experts, technicians and heads of the national health system of Catalonia, doctors and health professionals, associations of patients and relatives in the field of mental health, as well as professionals from museums and other cultural managers, shared their expertise on what are the contributions of arts in the field of health.

  • 04.07.2022 - Museums and health


    In Catalonia, the Departament de Cultura de la Generalitat and Institut Català de Salut have partnered to create RecuperArt-19 project for health professionals, who are suffering from emotional stress related to the management of Covid-19. RecuperArt-19 proposes the creation of an activity in various museums in Catalonia to improve the emotional state of health professionals from techniques and resources based on art and culture.

  • 04.07.2022 - Museums and health

    Arts & Health institutions | Interdisciplinary collaboration

    Vall d'Hebron Barcelona Hospital Campus and the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC) signed a collaboration agreement to carry out different actions aimed at exploring the potential of art as a tool for patients and families to enjoy its therapeutic and emotional benefits. 

  • 30.06.2022 - Museums and health

    Culture for health

    What is the role of culture to improve health and wellbeing? And how can we create change through culture by impacting European policy making? This is the scope of the project CultureForHealth.