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5 Educational Benefits Of Taking Your Children To The Museum

Monday, July 29, 2019

National History Week is from 10-18 August and it is the perfect time to schedule a museum visit for your child.

Museums are community organisations that were designed to teach the public new things. So if you ask most people what the educational advantages if visiting a museum are, learning is the number one reason given.

The reality is, gaining academic insight is only a very small part of the benefits that are offered to children who visit museums.

A day at the museum is a chance to develop a range of skills, learn about problem-solving, stimulate curiosity, and create a lifelong love of learning.

Planning mini trips to the local museum is a great way to teach your little ones more on the subject in a way that is fun, educational and exciting.

If you’re looking to take your kids to a museum, here are 5 educational benefits you can expect to enjoy.


1. Fostering A Love Of History

Museums offer the opportunity to learn more about history than you would in a traditional classroom setting.

Regardless of the type of museum you plan to visit, there is a chance that history has had some bearing on the exhibits they are going to see.

The good thing is that parents do not have to be history buffs. Reading the information that is provided on plaques and discussing things with your child can foster a deep love of history.

2. Encouraging Question

Going to museums will pique your child's curiosity and they will often respond with questions.

You may have answers to some of these, but there will be times when you will not be able to offer any insight. Do not get flustered or discourage your child from asking additional questions. The best course of action would be to have a discussion about what you both believe the answers are and how you came to this conclusion.

According to the family health experts at Living Consciously, encouraging questions goes further than just enjoying the museum, and can help develop healthy relationships, explaining “good mental health and wellbeing starts early. Encouraging questions is a simple tool parents can use to express their feelings and seek feedback on anything they don’t understand. Communication is key to avoiding major conflicts. And it starts with little minds.”

3. Inspiration

Walking into a museum and being greeted by the skeleton of an animal that is as tall as your home will have anyone's mind churning, especially a child.

A planetarium that offers a glimpse into the solar system is likely to inspire dreams about the night sky. Just as incredible fossil remains can open a window into the distant past.

Reflecting on their early inspiration, the team at Drink Driving Defence Sydney note “like most people, we can trace our careers back to early childhood when moments of inspiration jumped out at us and set us on a trajectory that’s led to today.” This same type of inspiration can be instilled in your little ones, with early trips to museums - full of wonder and excitement, able to lead to exciting and wonderful lives too.

Museums offer all of the inspiration needed to dream of all the world has to offer; even things that we have yet to experience.

4. Compare And Contrast 

Museums give children the opportunity to gain critical thinking skills by comparing and contrasting some of the exhibits they see. For instance, as you walk your child through an art museum filled with all kinds of pieces, they may have questions about the different styles, techniques and subject matter they experience.

History museums give children the opportunity to compare and contrast today's world with how things used to be. This will offer them a better understanding of time and have them interested in what the future will be like.

5. Creating Lifelong Learners

By taking your child to visit museums, it can give them a lifelong love of learning. While many jobs require a certain educational background, being a lifelong learner means that one will continue to grow as the demands of their career may change.

Museums foster curiosity. This is the key to becoming a lifelong learner. The great thing about many museums is that they change often and there is an opportunity to learn something new each time you visit. Even if you go regularly, it is not impossible to feel enlightened when you head there all over again.

This love of learning isn’t isolated. According to children’s health expert Janine Brundle, curiosity is infectious. She explains “a love of learning is the basis for curious and inquisitive young minds. So if your little one wants to ask questions and learn about the local museum, you’re well on track to raising a child that wants to discover, uncover and learn about all aspects of life too.”

Author Bio

Nathan Knox is a freelance writer. He is a university student based in Sydney. A Computer Science student, Nathan is also fond of going to the cinema. When not on his desk, he is often at the cinemas watching his favourite shows.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if a fossil site is discovered?

After looking at the fossils ensure all fragments are left where they were found in the field as this is crucial to discovering more bones in the same area. Do not disturb site but take a GPS reading and photos. If possible mark the site with a star picket and contact the Eromanga Natural History Museum for a scientific analysis.

Look at the ENHM on-line resources ‘How to recognise dinosaur sites in the Cooper Basin’.

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