Long time ago, the greatly appreciated philosopher known as Aristotle said: One must learn by doing the thing, for though you think you know it, you have no certainty until you try.
It is already a well-known fact that kids learn better when they experiment. Science and the learning process can be really fun for them if they are involved in all sorts of interactive activities. They also retain information better when they perform hand-on duties.
Therefore, many museums for children are implementing nowadays a wide range of interactive activities for the little ones. Kids are a special target audience which is best engaged while involved in non-formal education. So, if you want your sweet princess or princess to both learn scientific data and have fun, you should not miss our top 4 interactive museums for kids in Europe.
Interactive museum #1 – Zoom, Children’s Museum, Vienna (Austria):
Interactive museum for kids in Vienna. Photo source: kindermuseum.at
There, kids can touch the exhibits and ask whatever they want to know about them. They can experiment science with the help of various interactive exhibitions, do arts and crafts in the Zoom Studio, learn about the ocean wildlife in Zoom Ocean or about visual arts in Zoom Animated Film Studio. Zoom Science is also a must for all science lovers! Entry fee: from free to 6 Euros/kid and from free to 4 Euros/adult for various studios.
Interactive museum #2 – The National Art Museum of Catalonia, Barcelona (Spain)
You can find an extensive numismatic collection at the museum in Barcelona. Photo source: mnac.cat
If your kids has a passion for arts, you should definitely take him there. They have a great range of artistic exhibitions, a library, various educational programmers, such as EducArt and interactive workshops, as well as family activities held by the museum’s employees. More to it, your children might be fascinated by the extensive numismatic collection of this museum. Entry fee: free under 16 years old, 12 Euros/adult.
Interactive museum #3- National Maritime Museum, London (the UK):
Kids and adults as well are fascinated by interactive displays showing how adventurous life at sea is. Photo source: rmg.co.uk
This museum is the world’s largest maritime museum, where you and your kid can discover how adventures the life of a navigator was. There, your children can learn all about life at sea and experiment with different equipment: from loading a cargo ship, and bringing a ship into the harbor to firing with a cannon. Entry fee: free for everybody in general, however, some special exhibitions require a ticket.
Interactive museum #4 – Paris National History Museum
The impressive botanical garden at the museum in Paris. Photo source: mnhn.fr
Visiting this museum is a total must for your sty in Paris! Your kids will definitely love the extensive, fascinating dinosaur skeleton collection. The gallery of comparative anatomy is great if you want them to learn about various kinds of animals, while the gallery of mineralogy will provide them with data on a wide range of minerals and precious stones. They also have a special gallery for children, opened in 2011. More to it, this museum has a large and impressive luxurious botanical garden, where kids can see all sorts of plants from various parts of the world. Entry fee: free for kids under 4 years old, 7 Euros between 4 – 25 years old and 9 Euros/ adults over 25.
Which of these impressive and interactive museums for kids would you pick first for your little one?
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