Children’s Museum is an informational museum that provides children with informal learning experiences. In traditional museums, you will not be able to touch any of the exhibits, whereas in a children’s museum the exhibits are interactive. They are specially designed to be used by the little ones. The main thinking that goes behind this type of museum is that you can gain the best quality of education through activities. They are mostly nonprofit units that are run either by small professional staff or by volunteers. Association of Children’s Museum is an international body that has a presence in 23 countries with 341 members. While on the other hand with presence in 34 countries the Europe Association of Children’s Association is one of the other international bodies.
History Of Children’s Museum
The first 6 children’s museum around the globe are as follows:
- Brooklyn Museum in 1899
- Boston Museum in 1913
- The Detroit Museum in 1917
- Museum of Indianapolis in 1925
- The Museum of West Hartford in 1927
- Duluth Museum in 1930
Out of all the six museums, the one in Brooklyn was the first to open. There were 38 such museums for the children in the United States by 1975. Between 1976 and 1990, another 80 such museums opened up. After 1990 and until 2007 more 130 museums came into existence. According to the estimation of ACM, post-2007 another 80 such museums were in the pipeline. The United States has been the pioneer for the concept of the children’s museum which spread like a virus around the world. Inspired by the Boston Museum, Brussels opened up one such museum in 1978.
Some of the famous international museums for children are:
- Museo Pambata Museum in Manila which opened in the year 1994.
- Latin America’s first museum was The Museum of Caracas in Venezuela which opened in 1982.
- Next to follow in 1986 was the Museum in Bogota, Columbia.
- The Museum in Halifax, England in 1992 laid a claim that it was the first museum in the United Kingdom to offer hands-on experience to the children.
- Zoom Museum in Vienna was the first museum for children in Austria which opened in 1994.
- The first museum for children in Korea was the Samsung Children’s Museum which came into existence in Seoul 1995.
- Kids Plaza Osaka was the first museum for children in Japan and it was opened in 1997.
- Australia’s first museum for children opened in 2015 which was similar in model to the ones in the United States.
The children’s museum is a source of entertainment for the kids. Apart from entertainment, they are also a rich source of education where the children learn about new things in a fun-loving way. When you plan to take your kids to the children’s museum be sure that you have an entire day in hand. There are lots of things for the kids in-store right from technology to general awareness. Be sure not to miss any and it will be a lifetime experience for your little one.