“What if a children’s museum could help to bridge economic gaps?” -Neil Gordon, Chief Executive Officer, The Discovery Museums As part of the Reimagining Children’s Museum project in 2013, Neil Gordon, Chief Executive Officer at The Discovery Museums asked, “What if a children’s museum could help to bridge economic gaps?” Today though, this question deserves… Read More Children’s Museums Do More Than You Think
Executive Director Tanya Andrews at the Children’s Museum of Tacoma asked a bold question: “What if all children’s museums were free of charge?” Andrews is working towards this reality everyday with the Children’s Museum of Tacoma’s Pay As You Will Admission Program. Families are asked to pay what they can during their visit to help ensure that… Read More How do you mean Free?
“What if we asked the children in an open ended way to find out what their concerns and interests are and then tailored the design and content based on them?” -Leigh-Anne Stradeski, Eureka! The National Children’s Museum (Halifax, UK) Has your museum experimented with this concept? Please tell us what worked and what did not work for… Read More Eureka! It’s So Simple!
“What if children’s museums influenced the rest of the field of museums, redefining what a museum is?” -Catherine Wilson Horne, EdVenture Children’s Museum (Columbia, SC) What can Modern Art Museums or even Zoos learn from Children’s Museums? What in turn can we mime from other informal learning industry role models? How can we form lasting… Read More Field Leaders
“What if attending a children’s museum on a regular basis was as commonplace in society as going to a fast food restaurant?” -Asked by Marion Wiener, Children’s Museum of Phoenix (Phoenix, AZ) Skip by the fries and find your local Children’s Museum at ACM’s museum locator here. This guy’s parents took him to his local Children’s Museum.
“What if all staff required themselves to spend at least one hour a day on the floor with the children, their families, caregivers, etc.?” -Asked by Susan Garlinghouse, Kansas Children’s Discovery Center (Topeka, KS) How would your museum benefit? Do you think your staff would enjoy this?
“What if we all had unlimited funding and could offer the greatest stuff?” -Asked by Sue Schluender, Explorations V Children’s Museum (Lakeland, FL) What would be the top three things your museum could offer?
“What if, in 2016, we have a previous children’s museum director run for Congress?” -Asked by Jane Werner, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA) What traits and characteristics would translate well from the Museum offices to Capitol Hill?