Children's Museum Links (USA)
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The Getty Center
Los Angeles

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Los Angeles

The Museum of Contemporary Art
Los Angeles

The Exploratorium
San Francisco

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
San Francisco

Cartoon Art Museum
655 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Hours: Tues. – Sun. 11:00 - 5:00, Closed Monday
The Cartoon Art Museum is a tax-exempt, non-profit, educational organization dedicated to the collection, preservation, study and exhibition of original cartoon art in all forms.

Strybing Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

Children's Holiday Movie Screening & Storytime: Saturdays 11/30 - 12/28 Where the Wild Things Are -- Interactive children's exhibition based on the Maurice Sendak children's book. Ongoing.

Pier 39
Riptide Arcade -- Video game and prize arcade. Also featuring Flower Power Body Art providing temporary airbrushed tattoos. Carousel Turbo-ride -- Large-screen simulation ride featuring films with seats that move: Secrets of the Lost Temple, Dino Island, Superstition with Elvira, and the James Bond 007 ride License to Thrill.

Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf
More than 260 handcrafted wax figures in 50 settings, including the Chamber of Horrors, Hall of Presidents and Hollywood.

Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose
This museum boasts the world's only permanent giant Monopoly board, ample picnic space, an annual Backyard National Children's Film Festival, a webzine, parent/child workshops for several younger age groups, seasonal garden-related workshops, math-related workshops, writing-related workshops, music-related workshops, and cooking-related workshops between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm daily, excluding Mondays (I'm exhausted just thinking about the number of kids that must come through there each day). It also offers volunteer opportunities for high school and college students. The museum was chosen as one of Child Magazine's and MSN City Search's top ten national children's museums.






District of Columbia

The Corcoran Gallery of Art
Washington, DC

National Gallery of Art
Washington, DC

National Museum of the American Indian
Washington, DC

Bug Bytes, Bug Noise Museum, online
Containing a catalog of recorded insect noises, this Web site is presented by Richard Mankin of the Center for Medical, Agricultural, and Veterinary Entomology, a division of the US Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service. Organized by species and subject, this unusual library contains approximately 40 audio clips of such subtle insect noises as the wing vibrations of a butterfly and the sound of a termite feeding. Some background noise is unavoidable with recordings such as these, but the Web site includes a sample file for training the ear to distinguish insect noises from extraneous sounds.

Florida Museum of Natural History, in Gainesville, FL
This museum boast tons of exhibits, along with some rather exclusive collections, including the international shark attack files and one of the world's largest and most complete butterfly collections. The museum website has images of many of the items in the collections, with vibrant photographs of alligators, rare plants, fish, and birds. In addition to the images, the website also has virtual tours of the oldest city in the USA - St. Augustine, Horse Fossils, a Mayan Exhibit, Boats Shipwrecked off of Florida's coast, and more!

The Norton Museum of Art, in West Palm Beach, FL

The Norton Museum of Art houses works by Picasso, Matisse, O'Keefe, Monet, Pollack and many others. The permanent collection includes European, American, and Chinese art in addition to Contemporary art and Photography.

Orlando Museum of Art, in Orlando, FL
Upcoming Exhibit: "From Goodnight Moon to Art Dog: The World of Clement, Edith and Thacher Hurd" May 29- September 5, 2004

Samuel P. Harn Museum, University of Florida, in Gainesville, FL
Current Exhibit: "Jacques-Henri Lartigue: A Boy, A Camera, An Era" March 09, 2004 - July 18, 2004
Georgia -- Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta, Georgia






The Art Institute of Chicago

Museum of Science and Industry

The Museum of Broadcast Communications
Located in Chicago. Its website hosts free streaming video documentaries for educational use, and contains a history on presidential debate. The museum has several permanent exhibits (not all specifically for children): AT&T Broadband Center, play a newsanchor and take home your news segment on videotape, explore the history of cable television; AC Neilsen Jr. Research Center discover or re-live memorable TV/radio moments through archives with hundreds of thousands of programs, commercials, radio segments, and newscasts. Through their schools, students can access the archives at a discount for research purposes. Radio Hall of Fame Gallery Angel Harvey Radio Center: Every second Sunday of each month, visitors can be audience to a classic radio re-creation Puppets, Pies, and Prizes. Kids TV Chicago-Style: memorabilia from shows like Bozo's Circus, Super Circus, and Romper Room.

Chicago -- Chicago Children's Museum -- Chicago Kids Dot Com (a resource of activities for families in the Chicago area) -- Ravinia's outreach programs -- Street-Level Youth Media ((looks really cool)) -- Terra Museum of American Art's Education Department -- Museum of Broadcast Communications

The DuSable Museum of African American History
Located in Chicago. Teamed with the Coca-Cola company to start the Children's Penny Cinema, which shows kid-oriented films Saturday mornings in the summer for a mere penny (adults not admitted unless accompanied by a child (see more about the program here: ). The museum seems to work a great deal with local schools. The website has a virtual plethora of information about educational exhibits that teachers can work into their lesson plans, is capable of teleconferencing and providing distance learning materials, and has a couple dozen good educational resource links. The website is a bit difficult to navigate and the design's not really flashy, but there's lots of worthwhile information to be found if you're patient.

Art Discovery
A program in Chicago that teams up local educators with local art institutions (museums, theaters, whatever) to educate kids about art and help them develop artistic creativity. The program brings students out into the community, comes to into their classrooms, and works together with their teachers to accomplish this. It runs multi-week programs for grades Pre-K through 12, matching each specific classroom with any of 20 different partner organizations dance companies, theatres, art museums, children’s museums, motion picture museums, orchestras, music groups, etc depending on the age level and interests of the kids. The website's got a wonderful search engine, which is good, cause it's also got the internet equivalent of tons of information: a calendar of events encompassing most of 2002, sample lesson plans, pre-planned program listing, links to and info on partner organizations it even has a bulletin board in case educators want to talk to each other about their experiences with the program. The site was especially useful because it linked me to so many other cool places in a slick yet functional way.


Indianapolis Children's Museum














Museum of Fine Arts

Boston Children's Museum




Walker Art Center











New Hampshire


New Jersey


New Mexico


New York

Guggenheim Museum
New York

International Center of Photography
New York

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York

Museum of Modern Art
New York
North Carolina


North Dakota









Philadelphia Museum of Art

Please Touch Museum
Located in Philadelphia, PA, and designed for children seven years and younger. The museum hosts community programs, outreach programs, historic collections, rentable mini-exhibits (called Traveling Trunks), and teacher training workshops. The website's cute, fairly easy to navigate and creative, with one section for kids (which is unfinished) and one for adults, but slightly lacking in detailed information.
Current exhibits:
Sendack, Science Park, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Move It!, Story Garden, Barnyard Babies, The Supermarket, and Me on TV!

Rhode Island


South Carolina


South Dakota





Contemporary Arts Museum

The Children's Museum of Houston:
Contains, in collaboration with the Houston Public Library, the Parent Resource Library: a library of material concerning children's issues from potty training to racial issues to coping with learning disabilities. The Parent Resource Library is designed to be kid-friendly, too; all of the adult research material is contained on upper shelves, with the lower shelves reserved for children's books and toys.

Permanent exhibits:
PG&E Coorporation EcoStation; an outdoor, hands-on exhibit concerning envirornmental issues and Houston's ecosystems. Kids can make crafts (birdfeeders, nature journals, etc.), observe insects and plants, see puppet shows, etc.
Think Tank; optical illusions, puzzles, word/number games Yalalag, A Mountain Village in Mexico; a replica of an actual villiage in Mexico; kids can learn about the food, transportation, family structure, and language. Periodic fiestas with live mariachi, crafts, and celebrations.
How Does It Work?; application of the scientific method through studies in light, the workings of cars, portable telephones, and basic physics.
Bubble Lab; Pretty self-explanatory: kids + bubbles = fun mess that's easily cleaned up. Kids can make giant bubbles, tiny bubbles, paint with bubble soap, and learn about the physics of bubbles.
Tot*Spot ; toys, activities, and play area for younger kids (birth; 3 years of age)
KID-TV; learn about television news production Farm to Market; food production and practice grocery shopping Cyber Clubhouse; computer activities Expressions; paint, clay, and computer art John P. McGovern Kids's Hall art exhibits from children across the world, and Junktion, a series of craft activities joined together to form a train. Red Caboose; trains Victorian Playhouse Babbling Bayou; water exploration Brown Foundation Inc.
Auditorium; host to performers from around the world every weekend The museum generally has three or four traveling exhibits, too.
The website is easy to get around, but not particularly easy on the eyes. It hosts a detailed calendar of events, information about employment and volunteer opportunities, a riddle of the week, and pictures from recent museum events



Shelburne Museum



Washington, DC - see District of Columbia

West Virginia





Other Programs across the USA -- Arts Education Partnership -- Association of Children's Museums Articles -- Child Magazine's 10 Best Children's Museums --'s 10 Best Children's Museums

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