The Visitor Studies Association (VSA) is a membership organization dedicated to understanding and enhancing learning experiences in informal settings through research, evaluation, and dialogue.

We help researchers, practitioners, policy-makers, organizational leaders, and funders advance the field of informal learning.

VSA's Diversity Statement

The Visitor Studies Association believes in the worth and dignity of every human being and is committed to honoring this belief in all its endeavors. VSA strives to build an increasingly broad membership that reflects the richness of human diversity. As a demonstration of this position, VSA seeks to contract and collaborate with organizations and institutions that share and operationalize this commitment. Approved May 28, 2015

Ways of Knowing

Join us in Detroit, Michigan, July 10-13, 2019, for the next conference! This year’s Visitor Studies Association conference will focus on ways of knowing. From research to evaluation, to facilitation and everything in between, we are tasked with answering questions, big and small, searching for meaning in a variety of ways and through a wide range of approaches. In this spirit, we invite longtime members, those new to the field, and other informal learning professionals to consider the epistemologies that guide our work, and how ways of knowing are expressed in our practice. We strongly encourage proposals that examine varied perspectives on the design, implementation, and use of visitor studies, as well as those that investigate questions that will push the boundaries of our field.