Museums for Children
by David Applefield
Most major museums have workshops, tours, and special art initiation programs for children. These activities include an introduction to the world of robots at La Villette, calligraphy courses at the Institut du Monde Arabe, painting at the Centre Pompidou and art appreciation tours at the Musée d´Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.
These programs change each season. For complete information contact the individual museums, or the following offices:
Affaires Culturelles de la Ville de Paris: Hotel d´Abret, 31, rue des Francs-Bourgeois, 75004 PARIS (Métro: Saint-Paul). Tel: 01.42.76.67.00. Open 8h45-18h00. Closed Saturday.
Direction des Musées de France: 34, Quai du Louvre, 75001 PARIS (Métro: Louvre). Tel: 01.42.60.39.26. Open daily from 9h45-18h30. Closed Tuesday.
Check through this guide´s listings for subjects of special interest to your child. Some of the eccentric collections listed under "Unusual Theme Museums" will certainly appeal. The thousands of spectacles and the pair of bronze dragons that guard the Cernuschi museum are a big hit with young children. Classics like the Musée de l´Homme or the Aquarium at the Musée des Arts Africains et Océaniens will enthrall toddlers as well as adolescents! There are some wonderful museums in artists homes too; everyone loves the Musée Rodin!