Escher in Lisbon: Educational Activities


Educational activities project developed for Arthemisia (

From November 24, 2017, to September16, 2018, the exhibition“M. C. Escher” was open to the public, in the Folk Art Museum, Lisbon. 

Together with the museum entrance to the exhibition, which included audio guides available in two languages (Portuguese and English), Arthemisia designed a set of educational activities for different targets:

  • Guided tours: pre-schools schools, primary schools, secondary schools , adult groups.
  • Labs: pre-schools, primary schools.

Within the exhibition and the educational plan, Mapa das Ideias was responsible for the following tasks:

  • Communication with the schools and audiences in general;
  • Selection, coordination and management of the Cultural Mediators team, who carried out the educational activities: guided tours (in Portuguese, English and French) and Labs;
  • Evaluation of the educational activities.

Throughout the duration of the exhibition “Escher”,  Mapa das Ideias carried out 382 educational activities, reaching an estimated number of 9,881 visitors:

  • 366 guided tours.
  • 16 labs.


The visitor’s experience during an educational activity is of the utmost importance in a museum or exhibition context.Therefore, in order to have a better understanding of the visitor’s needs and expectations, we create online evaluation surveys, which aim to assess all educational activities carried out. 

This online survey was exclusively sent to the visitors who participated in educational activities and not to all organised groups. These are the main findings:

  • most visitors were in the 3.º Ciclo do Ensino Básico(ages from13 to 15);
  • average satisfaction level towards the activities – 4,6/ 5.

Visitors were asked to give their opinion on what they considered to be the strengths of the activity.  These were the most mentioned topics:

  • The activity itself, which, with the help of the mediators and their thourough and detailed explanations, allowed to get to know and understand the artist and his work
  • The overall excellent visitor’s experience.
  • The mediators,who conveyed a lot of knowledge and relevant information on the artist,his work and technique.
  • The interactive spaces, which allowed to create a greater proximity with different age levels.
  • The possibility to understand Mathematics as an artistic form.
  • The novelty,the uniqueness, the quality and the beauty of the artworks.
  • The articulation betweeen several disciplines.
  • The use of transmitters-receivers.