Session 5: Children’s museums in the 21. Century
Children’s museums, once designed as an alternative to the classical museum concept, are now confronted with a museum landscape in which children have become coveted costumers. While interaction and participation were once the distinct features of children’s museums, the hands-on principle now belongs to the standard repertoire of every state-of-the-art museum.
This impending loss of their prior exclusivity poses the question of the current relevance of children’s museums. How can children’s museum hold up against the rising competition of children’s programs in traditional museums? What are the strengths and the weaknesses of children’s museums compared to traditional museums?
Together with speakers who will present their unique approaches on creating children’s museums for the 21st century, we will reflect on their unique selling propositions and reassess the functions of this very distinct museum type in today’s world.