Kids need museums, and museums need kids.
Forget the old dusty stereotype of exhibits under glass, “Do Not Touch” signs, and kids being shushed. Area museums are bending over backward to make themselves interesting and fun for family members of all ages.
“Museums are important for children because they’re about a world of imagination and opportunity, and they’re inspiring,” said Juliette Fritsch, chief of education and interpretation at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem. “In my view, it’s never too early for a kid to start visiting.”
A good museum, she said, is social, sensory, stimulating, and, yes, educational in ways that can work for every member of the family, even very young children.
Instead of the solemn repositories of old, “museums are becoming much more audience-focused,” Fritsch said. More and more are focusing on designing special exhibits for children of various ages, including teens.
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