What is a Children’s Museum?

Children’s museums are major public institutions that offer young children powerful learning enrichment outside the formal classrooms of schools and crèches.

They are warm, inviting places where every exhibit is designed to be fully interactive, offering hands-on experiences in arts, ecology, engineering, geography, health, literacy, maths, science and technology.

More than 31 million people around the world visit children’s museums every year.



Children learn through play and informal educational experiences,
sparking their imagination and a life-time love of learning.

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Children learn through play and informal educational experiences, sparking their imagination and a life-time love of learning

 

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Children and caregivers discover together,
building strong family relationships and lasting memories.

Children and caregivers discover together, building strong family relationships and lasting memories
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Children engage independently with world-class exhibits,
developing critical ECD and foundation skills.



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Children engage independently with world-class exhibits developing critical ECD and foundation skills

 

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Children play across language, ability and other “barriers”,
reducing prejudice and discrimination.

Children play across language, ability and other “barriers”
reducing prejudice and discrimination.

 

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Children and adults engage in positive socialisation in a safe environment,
building social cohesion.

 


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Children and adults engage in positive socialisation in a safe environment, building social cohesion.
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Adults learn parenting skills in a non-threatening environment,
creating stronger and healthier families.

Adults learn parenting skills in a non-threatening environment
creating stronger and healthier families.

 

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Children’s museums are family-friendly “town squares”,
rejuvenating cities around the world.

 


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Children’s museums are family-friendly “town squares”
rejuvenating cities around the world.
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Children’s museums create jobs and attract tourists,
contributing to local economies.

Children’s museums create jobs and attract tourists
contributing to local economies.

 

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Global Support to Execute our Vision

 
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Association of Children’s Museums

We have the support of the global Association of Children’s Museums (ACM), a network of children’s museum professionals around the world. ACM strengthens the global impact of children’s museums by setting international standards and best practices, connecting members, fostering collaboration and innovation, and conducting original research to improve children’s museums around the world.

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Technical Expertise

We have developed relationships with several individual leaders of children’s museums around the world, and have benefitted greatly from extraordinary technical and operational expertise.

AfrocaAfrican Network

We are also part of an emerging African network of play spaces – from Ghana to Kenya, Senegal to Rwanda. We support knowledge sharing and collaboration with allies, particularly those who are working in Africa. We are happy to share our journey with others, and support the free exchange of ideas and resources in order to help all children get the best start in life.