chapter  12
Write and Design with the Family in Mind
By• Judy Rand |
Pages 28

Ever since the 1960s, when Michael Spock, Elaine Heumann Gurian, and the Boston Children’s Museum team pioneered hands-on learning in a radical break with past museum practices, children’s museums have been creating exhibitions that are “not about something, but for somebody.”2 This bold choice-to understand, focus on, and fully engage with the children who are visiting-creates an experience that’s different from the one we see in a traditional history museum, where the curators or exhibit planning team “start with the collection” or “start with the theme.”