ERIC Number: ED046233
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1952
Reference Count: 0
Museums and Young People. Three Reports.
Cart, Germaine; And Others
In the United States of America, there are about 35 separate Children's Museums; in the rest of the world, hardly a dozen. In Europe there is one. Yet many museums in Continental Europe, in Great Britain and the British Commonwealth, and in the Americas do provide for children in a variety of ways. How museums of different types, including Children's Museums, provide for children is the subject of three reports from these different geographical areas. Class visits and leisure-time visits by children, schemes for loaning collections to schools and youth organizations, and facilities for handicapped children are topics discussed. The use and misuse of labels, models, films, lectures, publications, and questionnaires as educational aids are presented. The location, physical characteristics, organization, sponsorship, personnel, and contents of museums in the Americas are noted. The observation is made that where Children's Museums are most successful they are least like museums and most like Youth Clubs. It is also observed that, not only are most existing museums unsuitable for children, they are also unsuitable for adults--and for the same reasons. A list of museums conducting children's work and a bibliography are given. (MF)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France).
Authoring Institution: International Council of Museums, Paris (France).
Identifiers: British Commonwealth; Canada; Europe; Great Britain; South America; United States