Celebrating Excellence: These are the Shortlist Nominees for the CMA 2023 In today’s rapidly evolving world, the role of museums extends far beyond showcasing artifacts and preserving history. Museums have become engaging spaces for learning, exploration, and inspiration for people of all ages, especially children. Recognizing the vital importance of fostering
CONFERENCE 2023: October 25-27 Europe’s largest conference on science education and children in museums will be about rethinking learning opportunities and designing stimulating challenges in museum work for children. From October 25-27, we will create an environment where we experiment with exhibitions and themes, and constantly invent new forms of outreach. Let’s explore innovative practical
Good news everyone, The Children in Museums Award applications 2023 are now open! Enter with your innovative exhibition project for children and win 5000€. Deadline: 15 March 2023 About The Children in Museums Award was established in 2011 by the European Museum Academy and Hands On! International Association of Children in Museums. It recognises excellence
The Children in Museums Award: The first decade The challenges we face nowadays, living in this fast- changing world, demand flexible people with curious, creative minds that are open to explore and take initiatives. Museums can be important places to develop these skills, even from an early age. With this publication, Hands On! International and the
Creaviva Children’s Museum, Bern and Leeds Museums & Galleries joint winners of the 2022 Children in Museums Award On Friday 9 September, in a ceremony during the European Museum Academy Conference in Luxembourg, the results of the 2022 Children in Museums Award were announced. 13 museums took part in the competition from 13 countries, with
Help us collect data on children’s museums! The following survey is designed as part of the LOODA project, aiming to improve the skills of children’s museum operators in order to better know the social context in which they operate and therefore be able to measure the impact that their activities produce; in fact, children’s museums
HANDS ON! INTO THE FUTURE 09-12 November 2021 As part of our strategic Creative Europe EU-Project ‘21st Century Children‘, together with organisations from all over the world, we have formulated a vision of the future for our sector over the past year. This is why we had the unique opportunity to embed a novel training
Dutch Open Air Museum, Arnhem, The Netherlands At a virtual ceremony which took place on the evening of Friday 12 November at the 13th Hands On! Conference hosted by the FRida & FreD Children’s Museum in Graz and the ZOOM Children’s Museum in Vienna, the results of the 2021 Children in Museums Award were announced. 34 museums took
Good news everyone, The Children in Museums Award applications 2022 are now open! Enter with your innovative exhibition project for children and win 5000€. Deadline: 15 April 2022 About The Children in Museums Award was established in 2011 by the European Museum Academy and Hands On! International Association of Children in Museums. It recognises excellence
HANDS ON! MINDS ON! HEARTS ON! A global vision for children-focused museums In order to illustrate the overall development of the self-conception of the sector’s role in and for society, we use a generation model inspired and loosley based on ideas of Gail Dexter Lord (1st & 2nd Generation), which was developed further as part
A curious guide for courageous kids After the international success of the Coronavirus Guide for Children, comes the highly anticipated sequel: The Vaccine Guide! When lockdowns started world-wide in March 2020, we teamed up with the Italian children’s museums to share their free downloadable corona virus guide for children world-wide. Through a peer translating call,
Online Conference, 9-12 November: Hands On – Into the future Hands On! Conference 2021 Welcome to our first online conference! Hands On! is an international network of museum professionals. We aim to make all museums and science centres meaningful places for children, to professionalize the (children’s) museum field, and to share our expertise. Every
Our friends from NEMO-Network of European Museum Organisations have prepared a free toolkit on successful EU-funding. Written by Children in Museum Award Judging panel chair and museum expert Margherita Sani, this resource explores the benefits of international cooperation and the existing funding schemes. This step-by-step guide is designed to help museums and museum networks
CHILDREN’S MUSEUMS AS PIONEERS OF CULTURAL DEMOCRACY Reflections on the current discourse about ICOM’s museum definition In the past children’s museums already took on the roles of pioneers, by starting the audience-orientation movement of the museum sector. The wide range of low-threshold interactive, hands-on exhibitions and educational programmes we today consider state-of-the-art in museums all
The Children in Museums Award applications 2021 are now open! Enter with your innovative exhibition project for children and win 5000€. Deadline: 1 March 2021 About The Children in Museums Award was established in 2011 by the European Museum Academy and Hands On! International Association of Children in Museums. It recognizes excellence and innovation in
SUMMARY REPORT Imagining the future vision for 21st Century children in museums and marketing it ABOUT: 11., 18., 25. November & 9. December 2pm-5pm (14:00-17:00) CEST The children in museums HUB training series is part of our Creative Europe co-fundedongoing 21st Century Children project. The over-all objective of this project is to showcase and to
With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Nurit Shilo-Cohen on 30th October. As former board member and CMA judge she was an avid supporter of our network and will be greatly missed among the Hands On! family. ‘When I first met Nurit, I was only recently joined the children’s museum scene. In the meantime,
11., 18., 25. November & 9. December 2pm-5pm (14:00-17:00) CEST Join our free online training series led by an international marketing and branding specialist! Open to all professionals eager to explore how to re-position children-centred museum work as meaningful education resources and social hubs for families. Together we will co-create the first global label of
Good news everyone, After a summer break we kick-off the next edition of member online meetings. Now on Thursdays! For our members we have designed drop-in sessions offering a digital way to keep you connected and collaborative during these challenging times. All conversations are moderated by the HO! team & staff. We offer an input
Good news everyone, The final summary report of our recent survey is now available for download. For our members an extended version featuring first-hand quotes and best practice examples by survey participants is available in our member zone (subpage: post-pandemic museum) The report is focused on providing data on operations and programming in relation to
Good news everyone, As our Facebook page has recently reached 2000 Likes, we want to celebrate by compiling the 20 most successful posts of the past years. Enjoy! 20. Talking to children about tricky topics such as climate change 19. Pediatricians say play is the medicine our kids need 18. ICOM announces the alternative museum
We confirm with regret that the 2020 Children in Museums Award has been cancelled as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic. Many thanks to all applicants, our panel of judges, partners, sponsor, and award directors, for all efforts put into the this year’s award edition. We are looking forward to join forces with you again
Good news everyone, For our members we have designed drop-in sessions offering a digital way to keep you connected and collaborative during these challenging times. All conversations are moderated by the HO! team & staff. We offer an input as conversation starter and then the floor is open for your discussions. Members can join via a
Share your strategies & questions! The current situation is posing a serious threat to children-centred and hands-on museum work. Given their unique methods these hybrid organisations of early learning facilities and museums are dependent on their interaction with visitors. As international association we are dedicated to gathering strategies and practical examples of interactive museums tackling
Play-based and interactive museum settings are currently on the verge of extinction, due to the lack of genuine support measures by leaders of culture and education. Statement on children-centred museum work during COVID-19 Hands On! International Association of Children in Museums expresses solidarity with every organisation and individual affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the
Corona: What now? Hands On! International is committed to advocate and support all children-centred museums in order to ensure these circumstantial closures do not threaten their existence. In recognition of the global response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), we recommend the following resources to help children-oriented museums navigate this dynamic situation. We strongly encourage all museums
A curious guide for courageous kids As international measurements to control the current SARS-CoV-2 pandemic affect public life in more and more countries, the Italian Children’s Museums have teamed up to create a comprehensive guide for children. Even though many children-centred museums have to remain closed for the next weeks, they remain devoted to their
Looking for children’s exhibitions about emotions ? The Emotions Museum in Greece is a unique interactive museum about emotions! It uses interactive exhibitions, play and fairy tales, in order to encourage children and teenagers to explore their emotional world, to learn more about themselves and others. Moreover, it sensitizes adults, parents and teachers on subjects
‘ENFANTS LUMINOUS’: 21ST CENTURY CHILDREN Excerpt: narrative for developing the label of quality for children-focused museums The voices calling out about the unsustainability of human civilization have grown much stronger in last years, children among them calling the loudest. They cannot be ignored any more. Alberto Villoldo, a psychologist and anthropologist, trained in the medical
All videos are available for free! As part of our capacity building project 21st Century Children, we want to make our conferences more accessible. All inclusive! Museums as places for ALL children The 12th edition of our biennial conference took us to Frankfurt. Together with more than 60 speakers, we explored the latest developments
ZOOM Children’s Museum has a new director! Andrea Zsutty follows the longtime director Elisabeth Menasse-Wiesbauer and former HO! board member, who has been successfully leading the ZOOM since 2003 and is now retiring. Until her appointment she headed the Department of Art Education at the Bank Austria Art forum. In the Institute of Cultural
SUMMARY REPORT 21st Century Children Project Kick-off and and first activities ABOUT: 22.-26. October 2019 at Junges Museum The 12th edition of our biennial Hands On! conference took us to Frankfurt. Together with more than 60 speakers, we explored the latest developments in the field of children’s education in museums, children’s museums and science centers.
KerImagiNation, Dakar, Senegal During a lively ceremony on 24 October, in the prestigious Kaisersaal Frankfurt, the winner was announced! ‘Through its exhibitions, programs and play spaces, Ker ImagiNation promotes a culture of critical thinking and impacts how children perceive themselves and their abilities to contribute to the economic and social well-being of their culture and
Good news everyone, As part of our 21st century children project which is generously supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, we are launching our children in museums industry evaluation during this conference. Throughout the conference participants will help us map and evaluate our sector in order to brand museums as places
Be part of Europe’s only children-focused museum conference! There are only a few tickets left! Register until 9 October! AboutEvery two years, Hands On! organizes Europe’s only children-dedicated museum conference in order to explore the latest developments in the field of children’s education in museums, children’s museums and science centers. We aim to learn from
Good news everyone, The Children in Museums Award applications 2020 are now open! Enter with your innovative exhibition project for children and win 5000€. Deadline: 15 February 2020 About The Children in Museums Award was established in 2011 by the European Museum Academy and Hands On! International Association of Children in Museums. It recognises excellence
Good news everyone, We cordially invite our member to join us at the annual General Assembly during the 12th Hands On! Conference in Frankfurt! The meeting will take place on 24 October, 8:30-10:00. We will warm-up with some catching up over some coffee. The official act starts at 09:00am. Members are entitled to add items
Children in Museums – Light, Camera, Action! For the 12th edition of the international Hands On! Conference, hosted this October by the Young Museum Frankfurt in Germany, we are looking for your insights into children’s ideas on museums. For a short film we ask you to interview your young visitors: “Tell us three things children
After years of us and our partners lobbying an updated museum definition to better reflect the diversity of institutions of informal cultural learning, there now is a new official proposal for a universal museum definition. Following an open brainstorming call, through its standing committee on Museum Definition, Prospects and Potentials (MDPP), the Executive Board of
10 Reasons to Attend the Conference Find out why you can’t miss out on this experience.
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
Good news everyone, We are thrilled to announce that Hands On! has successfully applied for a Creative Europe project fund! This will allow us to offer our members additional services and boost the visibility of your work. A quality seal, along with a universal catalogue of criteria for high quality children’s programmes will be established
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
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!
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
Good news everyone! The call for applications for the Children in Museums Award 2019 is open until 15 February 2019. Apply now!
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,
The Keppel Centre for Art Education National Gallery Singapore takes the prize!
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
This special pre-conference workshop, open to all, is run by the Hands On! International Association of Children in Museums. Hands-on! and Ecsite are partnering up for the first time in 2016.
Learn more about the main trends in the Czech and foreign museum pedagogy, collaboration capabilities between the Czech museums and galleries with foreign institutions and presentation of the newest projects in the field of school education.
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
Dear Hands On! member, As you may know our new board was elected at this year’s General Assembly during the Hands On! Conference in Amsterdam. I am delighted to officially welcome our new board members: Susanne Gesser, Marianne Grymer Bargeman and Tereza Dobiosova. It is an honor to preside this board as new president of Hands On! Together
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
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
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.
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
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
Remko Pijpers Kennisnet Apps for children: dust or magic Mister Pijpers explains how apps can either be dust or magic. He and Astrid Poot wrote a book on it, Positive digital content, which is collection of best practices. It’s accessible via www.mijnkindonline.nl/poscon. Among other things it includes a chapter on how the BBC developed their
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
Small town visionaries discuss their ideals for museums and their ideal museums Daan Roosegaarde: “Be the happy infiltrator of the system.” Artist An infiltrator of the system As a child I used to live in a typical Dutch, concrete house. I very much enjoyed nature and the world I lived in felt a bit
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
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
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
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
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
“Therefore… all of us deserve to win a prize.” Stijn Schoonderwoerd opens the award ceremony by reminiscing on the very first exhibition of the Tropenmuseum: it was also about Marocco and it was quite different from the one that opened Friday the 17th of October. Museum education has developed immensely over 40 years and it
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
“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
“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
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
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
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
Cancellation of your ticket for the Hands On! Conference is only possible via a notification by email to email@example.com 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)
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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