They've been here for well over an hour and they are having as much fun now as the moment they arrived.
While our museum is an educational resource, it's also a wonderful place to ignite a child's imagination. We're not alone in that claim. Visiting a museum exposes all of us, young and old, to new perspectives and while a typical visit may only last a few hours, there are several ways that you can extend your learning and get even more from the experience.
Make a Scrapbook: While you’re at the museum, take pictures [if allowed - we encourage you to take photos here], sketch favorite artifacts on display or write down your observations and thoughts. If the museum has a brochure, use it to create a scrapbook of your day to share with others or relive the fun you had.
*We also have a telephone-related coloring book you might consider buying [wink, wink].
Read a Book: Did something in particular fascinate you as you wandered through the museum? Did a certain person or topic capture your interest? Maybe you or your child were confused by something. Visit your local library and see what books have been written to help you better understand or expand your interest.
Take a Class: There’s nothing like hands-on learning. If you or your child were particularly taken with a certain exhibit or museum, consider signing up for a class, camp, or workshop that revolves around similar themes.
Visit the Museum's Online Gallery: While you may not see the same artifacts or the same displays, many museums have information and photos on their website. Perhaps a few of your favorite museums have online exhibits [we do!] Are you and your family "social"? Many museums share on social media too. We curate a ton of photos on our Pinterest page and we also share information and pictures on our Facebook Page.
Make Another Visit: Of course, the best way to encourage a love of museums is to keep visiting more of them. Discover new museums as a family and revisit your favorite ones. Check sites like TripAdvisor for reviews from other families that can help you determine where to go.
We update our displays throughout the year, as do other museums, that way each time you stop by, you'll have a new experience.
Let the Magic Happen!
Graham Gifford, Program Coordinator and self-proclaimed nerd