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July 11, 2019

Conference programme out now!

Good news everyone, We have released the programme for our upcoming conference! Europe’s only children focused museum conference will take place 22-26 October 2019 in Frankfurt.   Theme: All inclusive: Museums as places for ALL children. The conference will focus on museums’ roles as places of social inclusion. We would like to discuss how to

June 18, 2019

Hands On! Conference 2019 Registration open now!

Good news everyone, The Registration for the 12th edition of our biennial conference is now open! To attend the Hands On! Conference 2019 in Frankfurt you must register online. After submitting your personal and payment details you will receive a confirmation email. DOWNLOAD FULL CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

June 17, 2019

2019 Children in Museums Award Short List announced

  Good news everyone! Our judges have decided on the Children in Museums Award nominees 2019. We thank all applicants for their inspiring and high-quality projects.   CMA short list 2019     Join us for the award ceremony at the 12th Hands On! Conference, 22-24 October 2019  in Frankfurt, Germany!  

June 17, 2019

Happy birthday ZOOM Vienna!

25 years ZOOM children’s Museum Vienna 44 interactive exhibitions 75 children’s lectures 82 workshop programmes …and many more to come! ZOOM children’s Museum is a place where Kids can inquire, touch, explore, feel and play as they please. On 1600 square meters, ZOOM offers four different areas for young visitors up to the age of

December 3, 2018

New touring exhibitions by V&A

Still looking for an exhibition for 2019 or 2020? The prestigious Victoria & Albert Museum – one of the world’s leading museums of art and design has published their new  international touring exhibitions catalogue . Browse through a great variety of exhibitions about video games, fashion, food and literature. We are particularly happy to announce that Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic,

October 17, 2018

General Assembly 2018

Good news everyone! We are delighted to invite all our members to our annual general assembly. Join us on 17 November 2018, 12:45 in the Mediterranean Conference Center, Valletta, Malta. Help us shape the future of our association and connect with fellow members. Don’t forget: All Hands On! members receive a 20% for the NEMO conference

September 10, 2018

Call for solidarity: National Museum of Brazil

Statement regarding the loss of Brazil’s National Museum to a devastating fire Hands On! International would like to express our sorrow regarding the fire that devastated the National Museum of Brazil on 2 September. While we are relieved, nobody was injured, we mourn the loss of the largest natural history collection of South America and other

July 27, 2018

Save the Date: Hands On! Conference 2019

Good news everyone! Mark your calendars: Our next conference will take place 22.- 26. October 2019 in Frankfurt. We are already busy working on putting together an inspiring program for you. Visit our conference page for more information. In the meantime, check out our brand new reading corner or browse through last year’s conference pictures.

January 22, 2018

Looking back Warsaw conference, December 2017

Looking back: Why do we need children’s museum conference Warsaw Warsaw, Poland / December 2017 Thanks to polish organization Artanimacije and Agnieszka Rudzinska from the Adam Mickiewicz Institute for organising a great conference in Warsaw (December 16-17 2017) which aimed to support the opening of a private children’s museum in Warsaw. Colleagues from European and American

December 22, 2017

Looking back on the 2017 Conference

A letter from President Jeorg Ehtreiber Dear participants, speakers, members and staff of the 11th Hands On! Conference, First and foremost, I would like to thank you! Thank you for being part of this vibrant community, thank you for enriching the past conference with your participation, your knowledge, your professional experience and your dedication to

July 10, 2017

Application for the CMA 2018!

Good news everyone! The application for the Children in Museums Award 2018 is open now. Deadline: 31st March 2018. For further information please download the Children in Museums Award 2018 application form  

February 23, 2017

In memory of the late Dick Bruna

Dick Bruna, the famous Dutch artist, children’s book illustrator and writer passed away on February 17th, 2017. Adults and children from all over the world mourn his death. Miffy is one of Dick Bruna’s most famous characters and stands for openness, curiosity and child friendliness. Each year the winner of the Children in Museum Award, the

December 20, 2016

The Children in Museums Award 2017

Call is closed! Hands On! is looking for the most exceptional and excellent children’s exhibition program for the Children in Museums Award 2017 The Children in Museums Award is a joint venture between Hands On! and the European Museum Academy. EMA cooperates with HO! supplying judges and offering expertise as regards to content. The judges

September 19, 2016

Reflecting on the Hands On! pre-conference workshop

  Hands On! International wants to be vital and relevant to members, even in years when we do not organize a conference. This year an exciting collaboration with Ecsite, the European network of science centers and museums, allowed us to do exactly this. In June we hosted a pre-conference workshop in Graz, Austria, during the annual Ecsite conference.

June 10, 2016

Winner Announced: Children in Museums Award 2016

GeoFort in The Netherlands takes the Prize! At a lively ceremony which took place on the evening of Thursday 9 June at the ECSITE Conference in Graz, Austria, the results of the 2016 Children in Museums Award were announced. 17 museums took part in the competition this year, with a short-list of nine finalists listed

November 26, 2015

Link to the future

One of the lessons we take away from the conference in Amsterdam is to focus on the future. Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde argued that museums can increase their societal relevance by looking to the future, not the past. Roosegaarde believes we should stop making excuses and “look for the missing links”. Gail Lord, president of

November 26, 2015

Farewell from Annemies Broekgaarden

Dear members of Hands On! After serving you for twelve years as Hands On! Board member and for the past five years as your President, I have to say goodbye. As co-organizer of the 10th Hands On! conference, I enjoyed saying my farewells in such a wonderful atmosphere surrounded by colleagues who also strive for

November 26, 2015

Tribute to Sally Goldsworthy

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of long-standing member of Hands On! Sally Goldsworthy from cancer this past June. Sally had worked in the field of children’s art and theatre for many years. Most recently Sally worked as Chief Executive of Discover Children’s Story Centre, London’s only children’s museum, which

October 29, 2015

Tribute to Sally Goldsworthy

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of Sally Goldsworthy from cancer in June. Sally was a long-standing member of Hands-On! and had worked in the field of children’s art and theatre for many years, most recently as Chief Executive of Discover, London’s only children’s museum, based in Newham, one of the city’s most deprived and diverse boroughs.

October 20, 2015

Study tour at Dutch Resistance Museum

The Dutch Resistance Museum The Dutch Resistance Museum focuses on how the Dutch reacted to the WWII occupation, the choices they made and how the resistance developed over time. Their goal is to engender empathy and critical thinking. Some facts and figures The museum recently acquired a new building, which is attached to the already

October 20, 2015

Tuesday afternoon Parolado sessions

Gabriele König – Kinder Akademie Fulda The Kinder Akademie Fulda (Germany) exhibits very familiar elements, like numbers 1 to 10 and eggs and chickens. This allows children to experience well known concepts in various ways in order to get a different sense if the concept. The museum tries to provide them with alternative views. Every

October 20, 2015

Thursday parolado

Thursday afternoon Parolado session   Sandra Goos – The value of children’s book characters In The House of Aristotle (Netherlands), young children encounter enlarged 3D versions of illustrations. Illustrations of well-known characters are printed on cardboard to the size of young children and become 3 dimensional life scale versions of their hero’s. Children able to

October 20, 2015

Dr. James Bradburne

  Dr. James M. Bradburne Editor-in- chief of Museum Management and Curatorship   Ideas in play A quasi autonomous museum Mister Bradburne speaks about the fruit of the work of 8 years in the Palazzo Strozzi, Italy. The museum was declared autonomous just this year. It is now quasi autonomous in the sense that it

October 20, 2015

Keynote Yong Zhao

Develop the unique talent of every Child “Schools are not good places. I wish all schools were museums.”   Professor Yong Zhao Director of Institute for Global and Online Education at University of Oregon (USA)     Stop getting children ‘ready’ Professor Yong Zhao works with schools. He starts his lecture by saying: “Schools are

October 20, 2015

Dom under

Dom under is situated in Utrecht and focuses on the archeology research into the area under the main square of the city: Dom square.   Some facts and figures Dom under opened just over a year ago and was fully booked throughout this whole year. Dom under still has to turn away people who have

October 20, 2015

Parolado with Dutch Culture

Parolado with Dutch Culture Three projects of international collaboration were presented:   Villa Zapakara – Amsterdam àSurinam In this project exhibitions which had been on display in the shipped to Surinam. Here, the exhibitions were displayed again, with slight alterations. FOAM – Amsterdam + Brooklyn FOAM undertook a project with pupils from a school in

October 20, 2015

Deborah Carter – Newtechkids

21st century skills in an after school programme Deborah Carter has set up an after school technology education academy in which she brings children into contact with the technology concepts behind gadgets and devices. Here, the focus lies on 21st century skills like critical thinking, collaboration, communicating, creativity and problem solving. It aims to induce

October 20, 2015

Jet van Overeem – Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

A rare case: a permanent exhibition for children in an art museum Jet van Overveem starts her talk by asking three questions: 1) Who works in an art museum that 2) has exhibitions that are especially devoted to kids or families which 3) are permanent? It turns out that just a few Hands-on! attendees are

October 20, 2015

Marianne Grymer Bargeman – National Gallery of Denmark

“Do children and their parents do what we expect in our exhibitions? Not quite.” How do visitors, including children, experience the ‘Home’ exhibition?   The exhibition ‘Home’ Marianne Bargeman and her colleagues researched how the visitors of the National Gallery of Denmark experienced their exhibition, which focused on the theme ‘Home’. The home exhibition is

October 20, 2015

Leslie Swarts – Boston Children’s Museum

“We’re no longer just for children.” Leslie Swarts starts her talk by saying that Gail Lord set a wonderful framework and that her museum forms a case study that fits right in. A community focused museum Children between 0 and 10 years old and their care givers are the main visitors of the Boston Children’s

October 20, 2015

Google – Clemmentijn Verwoerd Treinen

Clemmentijn Verwoerd-Treinen presents 3 aspects of Google which could be beneficial and inspiring when connecting kids and museums: 1) Google Cultural Institute, 2) Leveraging tools for non profit organisations and 3) the project Codestarter. Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful to everybody. Google Cultural Institute Google

October 16, 2015

Winners Announced: Children in Museums Award 2015

TWO LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS! Boston Children’s Museum, Boston, USA ZOOM Kindermuseum, Vienna, Austria             The results of the 2015 Children in Museums Award were announced at a lively ceremony at the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam during the tenth edition of the Hands On! Conference, organized by the Rijksmuseum and

October 8, 2015

Registration is now closed!

With only a few days left before we welcome you in person at the Hands On! Conference we would like to inform you that, as of now, we have closed our online registration system. This means that it is no longer possible to register for workshops and lectures online. We strongly advise you make use

September 30, 2015

Cancellation policy

Cancellation of your ticket for the Hands On! Conference is only possible via a notification by email to handson@rijksmuseum.nl For every cancellation we will deduct 100 euro’s excl. VAT from the ticket price for administration and handling fee. In case of a cancellation we will refund: 100 % of the registration fee (till 15 June 2015)

August 14, 2015

Dr. Elisabeth Menasse

Lecture: Cooperation between Children’s Museums and National or City Museums Dr. Claudia Haas, Executive at Haas:consult +  Dr. Elisabeth Menasse, Director of Zoom Children’s Museum (Austria) More and more National and City Museums develop programmes for children in cooperation with Children’s Museums. How can we organize the joint work of institutions with different cooperative cultures

May 3, 2015

Speakers

Be Inspired by International Speakers Children’s museum directors, innovative educators and game-changing designers share their expertise.

April 13, 2015

Meet Marianne Bargeman

Marianne Grymer Bargeman is head of the Children & Youth Department at SMK, The National Gallery of Denmark, where she produces exhibitions for children that incorporate works of art. This year, SMK has started a new research project to learn more about how children experience these exhibitions. During her lecture at the conference she will

March 20, 2015

Call for Proposals

Dear Hands On! members, Hands On! International Association of Children in Museums will present its 10th conference in October. The board of the organization has decided that this year, the biannual conference will take place in The Netherlands. The Rijksmuseum and the Jewish Historical Museum are the main organizers. The National Maritime Museum, Science Center

March 4, 2015

Jet van Overeem

Visit the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag website. As sector head Education and curator of the Gemeentemuseum’s special children’s gallery and other exhibitions, Jet van Overeem is responsible for the development of new concepts in art education. During her lecture, learn about Wonderkamers, a permanent exhibition space (1400m2) that offers a fresh introduction to art for ages 9 to

March 1, 2015

Meet Nina Lim-Yuson

Meet the Speaker: Nina Lim-YusonNina Lim-Yuson, President of Museo Pambata in Manila, the Phillipines, discusses reaching marginalized children with educational programmes.

February 24, 2015

Hands On! Ambassadors needed!

Would you like to become a Hands On! advocate in your country? We are looking for new Ambassadors to help Hands On! grow. As an Ambassador you actively involve colleagues and museums in your regional and/or national  network, inform them about our activities such as the biannual conference and the Children in Museums Award. Also,

February 24, 2015

Featured Exhibition: Explore the Art! Painted Landscape

EXPLORE THE ART! PAINTED LANDSCAPE – interactive exhibition in BIBIANA, Bratislava, Slovakia. Landscape is a style that looms large in the history of art. Like the other styles, such as portraiture and still life, landscape has its own specifics and conventions, that reflect the artist’s point of view and knowledge of the world and time

September 22, 2014

Our members: from around the world

Hands On! has members from all over the world: (children’s) museums and science centres from Slovenia to Italy, from France to the United States, from Austria to Portugal, the Netherlands and the Phillipines. Read more about our members, their vision and their mission on their customized member-pages.

July 13, 2014

Meet the people behind the website!

In november 2014 the brand new website of Hands On! finally saw the light! Meet the two people behind the design and the technique: Marit van der Meer and Michiel Vergunst. We asked them about this special project.

December 22, 2013

Grazer Kindermuseum

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December 22, 2013

Joods Historisch Museum

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December 21, 2013

Canadian Children’s Museum

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December 16, 2013

Das Jugend Museum

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