On May 18, International Museum Day was commemorated, a perfect date to remember that art and knowledge have no age. It is never too early to attend an exhibition as you can always learn something new.
When we talk about children, before visiting any museum it is important to take into account the stage in which they are, especially if they are beginning to live this type of experiences.
Next, we want to share some tips to make a visit to the museum with children without turning into a nightmare and 5 fun museums to visit with children.
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5 fun museums to go with children
Dinópolis and MUJA
Dinópolis is a unique theme park in Europe dedicated to paleontology and dinosaurs, of which important remains have been found in Teruel. Visits to the Museum are usually guided and in each room they will explain in detail the secrets that Dinópolis hides. The best thing is that it has different attractions and activities that will delight children such as a hyper-realistic animated T-Rex or a trip to the origins of the human being. The price of the tickets is 24 euros for children and 30,50 euros for adults.
However, the Aragonese city is not the only place in Spain where the remains of these Jurassic creatures can be seen. On the eastern coast of Asturias there are also fossils and traces of the presence of dinosaurs in the north of the country. The route of the dinosaurs of Asturias covers the coastline between the towns of Gijón and Ribadesella.
To learn more about dinosaurs and their presence in Asturias, it is worth visiting the MUJA, that is, the Asturias Jurassic Museum that has activities, workshops and games to make the visit more enjoyable for children. General admission is 7,24 euros and for children under 11 years is 4,70 euros.
The Canary Islands have suffered harassment from pirates throughout their history as the destination of numerous ships loaded with gold from America. To protect the Spanish ships and the population of Lanzarote in the middle of the XNUMXth century, the Fortress of Santa Bárbara was created. Today today it is the headquarters of the Museum of Piracy where you can learn about the island's past, what the pirate attacks were like and an ancient weapons room among many other things.
But be careful during the visit to the Piracy Museum of Lanzarote since through the corridors of the fortress you can meet fearsome pirates such as John Hawkins, Francis Drake or Robert Blake.
Perez Mouse Museum
The legend of the Tooth Fairy tells that this endearing rodent takes care of collecting the small milk teeth of the children when they fall out to leave them a coin in exchange under the pillow.
The Ratoncito Pérez has its origin in the imagination of the religious Luis Coloma who invented a story with the mouse as the protagonist to calm King Alfonso XIII as a child after losing one of his milk teeth. According to legend, the mouse lived in a building on Arenal Street in Madrid, next to Puerta del Sol and very close to the Palacio de Oriente.
Today, on the first floor of number 8 of this street, is the House-Museum of the Ratoncito Pérez which can be visited every day except Sunday. The entrance to the House-Museum is 2 euros.
The Oceanographic of Valencia
The Oceanogràfic of the City of Arts and Sciences of Valencia is the largest aquarium in Europe, and it represents the main marine ecosystems on the planet. Due to its dimensions and design, as well as its important biological collection, we are facing a unique aquarium in the world where, among other animals, dolphins, sharks, seals, sea lions or species as curious as belugas and walruses, the unique specimens that can be seen in a Spanish aquarium.
Each Oceanogràfic building is identified with the following aquatic environments: Mediterranean, Wetlands, Temperate and Tropical Seas, Oceans, Antarctic, Arctic, Islands and Red Sea, in addition to the Dolphinarium.
The idea behind this unique space is for visitors to the Oceanográfic to learn the main characteristics of marine flora and fauna from a message of respect for environmental conservation. The children's ticket costs 21 euros and the adult ticket costs 50 euros.
Tips for visiting a museum with children
Children under 6 years old
During the early years, children are very restless and will probably not be able to keep their attention in a museum for long. Our recommendation is that you do not abuse your patience and make short visits to museums, if possible on free days. That way it won't hurt so much to have to leave the visit early and not pay enough for the ticket.
At these ages, it is best to choose museums designed for children. There are some with elements to get their attention, with interactive activities that allow them to touch objects, press buttons or do various tests. These types of museums have audio guides with explanations for their age that will help them better understand what they are seeing.
However, parents can reinforce these explanations by relating the work they are seeing with the daily reality of the children, allowing them to express their opinions and strengthening their imagination.
Among 7 and 11 years
At this age they are more independent from their parents and like to investigate what they are seeing and experience on their own rather than learning the names of artists or specific works. However, they will always turn to parents to resolve any doubts that may arise. Therefore, it is advisable to be careful when giving our opinions about the works so that you experience and discover for yourself the treasures of the museum.
Most museums offer fun workshops and activities for the little ones. If the child agrees, sign him up for an activity that he can do with children his age. They will learn while having fun and the experience will be more fruitful for them.
Over 12 years of age
By now the kids already know what kind of museums they like the most and the least. The best thing is that the parents agree with him what type of visit they want to make and negotiate to organize one that he may like and another for you.
Plus, tweens still enjoy their parents' company so take advantage of that and enjoy your visit together. It is also a good opportunity to talk and find out about your favorite topics, those of music or science are usually among your favorites.
A guided tour will allow you to learn together in case you do not master the subject and thus make the most of the plan.