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What is a Children's Museum?

Children’s museums are an informal education venue for families. They are child-centered, offering developmentally-appropriate exhibits and programs that explore a variety of topics. Exhibits are interactive and hands-on, motivating play-based learning experiences that differ from those at home or at school.

Below are the fundamental values embodied by children’s museums.

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CHILD-INITIATED PLAY

Children are free to stay at one exhibit or to explore where their interests take them.

 

PLEASE TOUCH!

Visitors are encouraged to touch and interact with the exhibits.

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OPEN-ENDED

Numerous possibilities help to ignite children’s curiosities.

 

CURATED CONTENT

A range of diverse subjects are carefully researched and represented in the exhibits.

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BUILDING FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Experiences and resources foster life-long learning across generations

 

DID YOU KNOW? Currently there are more than 300 children’s museums worldwide in 22 different countries. For more fun facts, head over to the Association of Children’s Museum’s website.