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.


This is the "soft launch" of our new website! Have a look around, and tell us what you think! If you are a current member, please enter your email address that we have on file as your username and "welcome" as your password to gain access to the Members Only portions of the website. See any issues, let us know!

VSA's Diversity Statement

The Board of Directors approved the Diversity Statement below on May 28, 2015!

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.

Conference Updates

July 2, 2015

  • Three topics will initiate VSA's first Dining Discussions at the conference!
  • Session abstracts are out!
  • So far, we have 189 people registered! Are you?

Conference Information