How can museums interest young people?

School group at the British Museum
School group at the British Museum

 

 

 

 

Talking to some volunteers working in the British Museum, we exchanged stories of young visitors, schoolchildren and teenagers visiting archaeological digs and museums. We agreed that, in our experience, children enjoy coming to archaeological sites, because it is an exciting day out, they can climb in and out of the site…maybe it is just because they get to play in the dirt?

So what about museums then? Some museums are very good at engaging young visitors, with galleries that are easily accessible to children, where there are things for children to do, get involved with and experience. Not all galleries are like this, but is that necessarily a bad thing?

I’ve included a few examples of galleries below, which are for Egyptology collections.

The first is the Nebamun gallery here in the British Museum, which was not specifically designed to target young audiences.

http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/galleries/ancient_egypt/room_61_tomb-chapel_nebamun.aspx

The other is the Egypt galleries at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery:

http://www.brighton.virtualmuseum.info/ancientegyptopening.asp 

 An exciting new approach is the ‘Mini-Museum’, a gallery for under-5 children at the recently reopened Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow.

http://www.glasgowmuseums.com/venue/page.cfm?venueid=4&itemid=36

What do you think works best? How do museums in your countries attempt to attract younger visitors?

Terhi

One thought on “How can museums interest young people?

  1. This subject is a very interesting one , concerning the communication between the experts and the children , taking a very clever question , how can the Museum introduce the small child to Archaeology , History , Culture world ?? a very difficult question to be answered ??

    But Really what i think , that using the children techniques , the things that they like , cartoons , games , puzzles ..etc in order to let museums communicate with them , will do the job. For example if we take the Famous comic books series, Asterix and Obelix , which tells us about the Roman Empire , the Gauls with a wonderful lovely pictures showing for us the Roman City plan , The Gaul Village plan…etc These pictures can really make a very general image to any child in the Roman Civilization without any efforts , just as the famous British proverb says ,” Just like a piece of Cake” and truly that’s right.

    Looking forward to meeting you and hearing you comments too

    Best Regards
    Haytham Deik

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