Meet a Museum Family #10

July 3, 2017

Kids in Museums

After a bit of a hiatus, I am delighted to reintroduce my ‘Meet a Museum Family‘ series for another round. Previously, we met museum loving families from Denmark, Australia, England, Germany, Canada and Spain. Today, we travel back to Germany, to meet our first family from Berlin.

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1. Why don’t you start by telling us a bit about yourself and your family?

I’m Kit, Mum to Milo who is almost 2 and we, along with my husband Oli, live in Berlin. We recently moved from London to the German capital for no reason other than we fancied a change from London. Oli is managing to continue his work as TV composer and I’ve been exploring the city with Milo on the weekdays and together as a family on weekends. I’ve been sharing our experiences on a little blog called Love Arts Berlin and it has been fab so far!

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2. How old was your son when you started taking him to museums, and what was the first museum you remember taking him to?

I first took Milo to the Tate Modern in London when he was about 4 months old. I remember thinking it felt like a huge deal, travelling on the bus, holding him up in front of paintings and just trying to get around the exhibition without him crying. I have no idea whether he liked it but I felt like a hero for managing the whole thing. We have since done many more museums and galleries in Berlin and are loving exploring them here.


3. What is your earliest memory of visiting museums yourself as a child? 

One of my earliest memories of visiting a museum when I was a child was going to the Tramway museum at Crich in Derbyshire. It’s a combination of indoor and outdoor tram exhibits and history, plus you can ride genuine old trams. We actually recently went back as a family with my parents, brother and sister, sister-in-law, nieces and nephew and we all agreed it’s a pretty great day out. Another memory I have is of travelling to London to the Natural History Museum to see the Blue Whale. I’ve not yet taken my son Milo but I hope to in the future.


4. Why do museums matter to you?

Museums matter to me because they open your eyes to new things, people, ways of life, history, science, art, culture…the list is endless. It’s important for me to take Milo to museums and also galleries so he has the chance to be taken in by them too. Hopefully when he is old enough to tell me a bit more about what he wants to do, he might suggest we go to one himself :)


5. What’s the last museum you visited as a family and how was it?

The last one as a family was the Crich tramway museum in Derbyshire, UK and it was excellent.

6. What is your favourite museum to take your son to?

In Berlin my favourite place to take Milo is the MACHMit! Museum für Kinder – it’s a specific children’s museum and is a wonderful place for him. He’s only 2 but I imagine he would suggest here if he could.


7. Can you share a particularly memorable family museum experience?

Watching Milo look on in horror at the real robots at the Berlin Museum for Communication. I just don’t think he knew what on earth was happening when these big hunks of metal kept moving towards us randomly. He absolutely loved the rest of the museum, especially the interactive displays but I won’t forget his face when he saw those robots….let’s hope it hasn’t scarred him for life.


8. What museum would you love to visit as a family?

My husband and I once went to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space museum in New York (pre kids) and we absolutely loved it. You can see an actual Space Shuttle, sit on Concorde and much much more. However it really felt like the perfect place for a family visit. So hopefully one day we might make it back to New York when Milo is older and go back there. It really was a surprise gem of a place.

9. Everyone knows kids love dinosaurs, mummies, and rockets, but is there a museum you enjoyed visiting, that may be a surprising choice for families?

It probably isn’t typically the most baby/kid friendly museum but I did absolutely love visiting the Picasso Museum in Paris. Milo was about 11 months old so still easily carried in a sling. We also went on a weekday that was fairly quiet and it just worked really well for us. Perhaps not the best fit for a toddler but smaller more portable babies, and then perhaps older children who want to learn about Picasso would love it too.


8. And, finally, Do you have any great tips for visiting museums with kids?

I don’t have a huge amount of experience with taking older kids to museums but with babies and toddlers my top tip is to keep the visit fairly short. Toddlers especially have short attention spans and as most people are probably aware can flit between extreme joy and extreme sadness/anger/tiredness fairly quickly. So we always pick days when the museums are either free or reduced price and don’t worry too much if we haven’t spent a whole day there and seen everything. Little and often is our approach.

Thank you so much to Kit for taking the time to answer my questions! I had to laugh at the bit about the robots, because my #MuseumBoy had exactly the same reaction. If you would like to chat some more with Kit, you can connect with her on Twitter.

If YOU are a museum loving family and would like to take part in the ‘Meet a Museum Family’ interview series, just get in touch! And for other tips about taking children to museums, and recommended museums to visit, check out the ‘Kids in Museums‘ section of my blog. Thanks for reading!

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