Children and Museums

In a mission to learn more about museums’ role in culture, we conducted several interviews that led us to our first finding; people are hugely influenced by their exposure to museums as kids.

The other insights were just as important in guiding the process. Storytelling, for example, was an important aspect that engages people, and allows them to remember and relate to the museum. Many museum visitors enjoy sharing their experiences, and be a maven for their social circles.

Visiting several museums, the team discovered that kids feel engaged the most when they’re involved and active. They love to touch the objects, hear them and interact with them, even be inside them.

After analyzing and clustering the insights, the team conducted the first brainstorming session, which resulted in two main concepts:

Parallel Path, Creating a path for the children to experience the museum from another angle/perspective than adults, allowing the kids to enjoy the exhibit space and trigger exploration.

Museum Mission, Providing the kids with a personal interactive device to guide them through an exciting tour around the museum, through missions. Museum Mission aims to get the kids engaged with the art through interactive storytelling, and making them a part of the tour.

Concentrating on the importance of the relationship between museums and children, we developed props to be used in the co-creation sessions. In collaboration with the City Museum, the team met three groups of children aging between seven and fourteen, as well as children educators. The feedback largely influenced developing the concepts further, and understanding the needs and motivations of children in Museums.

This process was key to forming a concept that appeals to the team and the audience equally. The most important learning from this process is that users experiences and opinions should not be under-estimated. Keeping a two-way communication channel leads to successful designs.