The History of Children's Museums and their Commitment to Lifelong Learning: A Look at Museums and their Role in Education

Maggie Jones Butler University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Paul Hanson Butler University
Museums can help teach important skills such as critical thinking while also exciting their visitors about topics covered in the exhibits. This is especially true for children and expanding their knowledge. Education continues to be an incredibly important role in society but taking learning outside of a traditional classroom helps in expanding a student’s world view. Museums are an excellent resource at bridging that gap between student and cultures they might not be familiar with. Even though many types of museums exist today, a central belief exists between them. This idea is similar to the early cabinets of curiosities, in their goal to serve the public through the presentation of artifacts and expanding the worldview of visitors. Museums have been a crucial part in the pursuit of knowledge, and the diversity of museums today helps to promote the idea of lifelong learning. This is especially true for children’s museums, where developing the desire for learning at an early age is important. Even in today’s evolving modern society, where museums must adapt to new ways of learning. Children’s museums are an integral step in a child’s educational journey, providing an informal space for a child to develop their imagination and creativity. Through a commitment to education in hands on learning and engaging with the environment, children’s museums can provide experiences outside the classroom that might build the skills needed for success.
Poster Presentation

When & Where

Irwin Library 3rd Floor