5 Educational Benefits of Bringing Children to the Museum

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This post is by guest writer Annabelle Fee.
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There are so many reasons for people to take their children to the museum. It is a great
value for a family day out, as museums do not charge an admission fee, although there may be an additional charge for certain exhibits and events. But this opportunity to spend valuable time with the family also serves as a way to enjoy learning about art, history, culture and so many other wonderful subjects. Here are just five of the many educational benefits children will experience with a visit to the museum.

Bring It To Life Learning a subject with the use of textbooks in a classroom has its limitations. However take a child to a museum to see an original piece of art, a historical battle uniform or an ancient mammal skeleton the size of a house, and you will see the pieces of the puzzle connect. It serves as a secondary tuition and is likely to be more memorable than the things taught in the classroom.  

Critical Thinking Skills When children see different types of artwork, they are able to compare and contrast what it means to them. Do they like it? What is it they like about it? Why is it better than the others? This helps them to develop their critical thinking skills by giving them a much deeper level of understanding.  

Interactive Experiences Most museums offer interactive experiences. This is a way for the child to get hands-on experience and learn about a particular subject. It also acts as a family bonding exercise as the family experiences things together in a fun and
interesting way. Storytellers often appear dressed in costume to the time period of the exhibit. This all adds to the way children learn and retain the information.  

Sparks Imagination When a child looks at an exhibit, it sparks their imagination. They start to think about things they wouldn’t have thought of in a classroom situation. It opens new avenues of interests to them that they may not have considered previously. Children rarely think about how something came to be, they just know it has always been there. A visit to the museum will teach them that the creation of something started with a dream. It teaches them that these things didn’t always exist and if that is the case then maybe there is something in their imagination that could be created. It opens up a world of possibilities and helps them to realize they can make a difference.  

Encourages Questions Seeing something with their own eyes will encourage children to ask questions they hadn’t thought of before.  May be they want to talk about what they see is happening in a scene or how they think something could have been done better. Museum staff will be on hand to assist with any tricky questions parents may not be able to answer. This experience will give children the confidence to talk more openly about the subject in class, as they have gained a better understanding of the topic.      

Annabelle is part of the Content and Community team at SmileTutor, sharing valuable content to their own community and beyond. Annabelle’s passion is connecting parents & children who are looking for English tuition in Singapore.

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