by Kaytee Smith
Originally posted on NC Museum of Natural Sciences Education Blog:
When I was in high school I volunteered at my local library in the children’s section. Part of my job was putting the books back on the shelves. Every now and then a book would catch my eye and there was one I remember very specifically, How to Take Your Grandmother to the Museum by Lois Wyse. It is a charming story of an adventurous little girl and her willing and eager grandmother, and the things they discover during a museum outing together. They visit Apatosaurus, whose bones are even older than Grandma’s, and put on their pretend hiking boots for a trek to the Arctic. They imagine elephants trumpeting in the African Hall and travel through time to the Ice Age. Each year the Museum is visited by thousands of people, whether it is school groups, mommies and toddlers, or grandparents with young eager grandchildren. Whatever your age the Museum has a myriad of possibilities to enchant and inspire.
Quite often visitors will ask: “I have only two hours what can I do?” or “I am coming tomorrow what should I see?” As educators we know everyone has a different way of learning and there is no right formula. The day-of can be just as rewarding as planning months ahead, but the outcome is the same. We want you to walk away excited, full of happy memories, and wanting to come back.
Here are a few tips to make the most out of your Museum visit, no matter your age.