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

New Pathways in Visitor Studies

Join the Visitor Studies Association at the 2017 VSA Conference in Columbus, Ohio, July 18 - July 22, 2017.  The Visitor Studies Association seeks to foster a sense of community among colleagues, who gather once a year to pose intriguing questions, explore diverse opinions, debate controversial issues, challenge assumptions and share their successes and their struggles. The theme this year, New Pathways in Visitor Studieswill offer space for the discussion of innovative methods from other fields, presentation of new findings, opportunities to reflect on techniques, and the ethical and practical issues around collecting and sharing data on audiences. 

Find more information on the conference page and register today!