Five Must See Museums for Families
Summer is here and like most moms, I have been racking my brain to figure out how to keep my girls busy this summer. We have lots of things planned around town, but I’d like to do a few things that are not only tons of fun but also maybe just a little mentally stimulating.
I like to throw a few trips to museums, galleries and shows amongst all the bike riding, picnics and swimming of summer.
Here are some of the best family friendly museums in the country.
The Art Institute of Chicago – Chicago, Illinois
Famous for its collections of impressionist, post-impressionist and American paintings, the Art Institute of Chicago is one of the city’s most popular attractions. It houses the world’s largest Monet collection, Japanese art, Picasso, Dali as well as the world-famous Picture book gallery, which features illustrations from popular children’s books and is a favorite among children. Best of all, kids under 14 are admitted for free.
Carnegie Museum of Art – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The Carnegie Museum of art offers a vast array of types of art including impressionists, post-impressionists, plaster casts of ancient buildings and sculptures. It also offers a cute kids audio tour made specifically for children narrated by Art Cat.
The Smithsonian Institution – Washington D.C.
The Smithsonian is the must see group of attractions in the country for families. It’s all completely free and my children’s favorites are the National Zoo and the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. The Smithsonian will not disappoint, everything it does, it does all the way. You will be so glad you made the trip to our nation’s capital. A return visit to D.C. is on our list for this summer.
The California Science Center – Los Angeles, California
Located in Los Angeles, the California Science Center is great for answering the aged old question of how physics and chemistry shape the world that we live in. It is the world’s largest hands-on science center and is free. The museum has an IMAX theater, the opportunity to walk through a living kelp field and discover the relationship between a human and a single-celled bacterium.
National Museum of Play – Rochester, New York
The National Museum of Play is a favorite of any child who has ever been there. It is an entire museum dedicated to play. Exhibits include toys, dolls, games. electronics, books, photos and other historical materials related to play. The museum is completely hands-on and it’s a child and the child-at-heart’s dream come true. This is a must visit for every child.
My daughters love the Art Institute of Chicago and I love sharing it with them. I have fond memories of walking hand in hand with my own mom, perusing the gallery as a small child on field trips.
We’ve never been to the National Museum of Play in Rochester, but it is definitely on our list of must see soon. What could be better than a museum dedicated to all things fun?
What is your child’s favorite museum to visit? What is your fondest memory of a museum with your own parents?
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