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Any parent of young kids will absolutely love this post from ExhibiTricks: The Museum Exhibit Design Blog. There’s nothing more fun and exciting than taking your children to a museum that is designed for their developmental age and seeing their minds totally blown.
Margaret Middleton is an independent exhibit designer and museum consultant. Middleton developed the popular Family Inclusive Language Chart and consults with museums on implementing inclusive practice. See their work at margaretmiddleton.com and follow them on Twitter @magmidd
Margaret was kind enough to share the guest post below based on their design work and contributions to the recent book, Welcoming Young Children into the Museum.
Increasingly traditional museums for “general audiences” are listening to calls to improve their offerings for young visitors. As a former children’s museum designer, I am thrilled to see art museums and historical sites taking children’s museum experiences seriously. From kits of tools for looking at art to special labels and activities integrated into gallery experiences to dedicated spaces for little ones to learn through play, every effort to serve young visitors and their families is an important step in making the museum a place for everyone.
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