Guest article by: Catherine Workman
While museums are wonderful places to learn, they aren’t just for field trips anymore. People of all ages can benefit from these spaces, which can be filled with anything from dinosaur bones to art to relics of a bygone age. With today’s advances in technology, it’s easier than ever to access museums and all they have to offer, as well as plan a trip the entire family will enjoy.
Here are some of the best tips for finding a museum to visit.
Do your Research
The first thing to consider is location, location, location. If you’re going on a vacation and want to see some of the best your destination city has to offer, check online to see which museums are close. Many museums--like the Louvre in Paris--offer interactive apps which feature maps of the corridors and detailed photos of several pieces of artwork, so if you aren’t able to see everything in one day you can still “visit” some of the masterpieces via technology.
Planning for Kids
Whether your children are homeschooled, have special needs, or are just in need of an educational experience that’s also fun, there are so many options open to kids of all ages. Some of the best include spaces that are designed with special needs in mind, such as the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. Here you’ll have access to noise-blocking headphones, wheelchairs, lap tables, and sensory blankets/vests, so your child won’t have to worry about a thing as they experience everything the museum has to offer. This particular establishment also has a downloadable booklet that describes each exhibit and what parents can expect.
Use Technology to your Advantage
Because many museums have kept up with the modern times, you’ll likely find it easier than ever to not only plan a trip--using apps and interactive websites--but find something for everyone in the family, as well. There’s plenty to learn about in every space, but the use of technology has also made it fun for visitors of all ages. Many museums have made it a point to keep up with the ever-changing trends and latest apps, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Here they’re experimenting with augmented reality as well as audio guides, digital content about how works of art are restored, and video displays that help visitors get the most out of their trip.
Many states have science museums which focus on various topics, and these are wonderful resources for parents who homeschool as well as educators. Whether the trip is dedicated to engineering, Earth science, or practical math or is complementing a specific curriculum, there are tons of choices that will help your child learn in an interactive way. The New York Hall of Science, for instance, features a giant outdoor science playground for kids to explore, while other museums offer hands-on experiments to try.
It’s so important to support museums these days, no matter how big or small they may be, because they foster a love of learning--and a sense of history--within so many communities all over the world. Even if you can’t physically get to one, there’s a good possibility that you can find an app which will allow you to visit virtually and share the experience with your family.
Catherine Workman grew up in a small town where she yearned to stretch her wings. Now that she’s left the nest, she spends every available weekend exploring different cities across the country and someday, across the world. She started WellnessVoyager.com with her friends to share her travels and experiences and hopes to inspire others to embrace the hidden gems of the world.