We took a family trip to visit the Hirshhorn museum in Washington, DC. (One of my favorite museums). This was a great opportunity for me to guide my children through their understanding, interpretation and appreciation of what each artist was trying to convey through their chosen medium.
Museums are mini wonderlands filled with hidden treasures in plain sight. Whilst walking through, one could easily pass by a really inspiring experience. Here is a bit of advice for parents with toddlers and young elementary aged children, who want to appreciate a museum that is, as my middle child said, a "hands-free and not for kids, adult museum".
Here are a few experiences we really enjoyed:
Taking small children to the museum can be a daunting task. Many museums for kids are very hands on and tactile and the experience is quite polar to that which is expected in a more standard "adult" museum. Even still, teaching children to look rather than touch is a skill and a lesson on respect that many children could use more of. I'm glad that with a few reminders here and there from the "beep" or a museum staff about getting too close to the art work, my children were able to enjoy their first memorable "adult" museum experience.
Finally... it's important to advocate that all artistic voices are heard. Art cannot only be an expression of the haves, or only one gender or only one race. All voices must be represented in our museums and communities must get out and support it when available and advocate for more. Expression is freedom. Everyone has a story and each individual's story is everyone's story. May you be inspired to make something beautiful today!
It's really important to provide "organic" experiences by taking your child places that will stimulate their 5 senses.