Learning method

Convinced that true understanding comes from active involvement, Tropenmuseum Junior wants to stimulate children mentally and emotionally and inspire them to use their physical, social and intellectual skills and involve all their senses. 

The museum demonstrates this commitment by establishing extraordinary exhibitions, offering immersive experiences, that are designed to make children curious and open to different cultures, to inform them about non‐Western cultures in relation to Western society, help them to grow up into tolerant, respectful world citizens.

“It is not only about looking at or listening to. It is about being part of.”

The exhibitions of Tropenmuseum Junior exemplify how research, museum methodology and design production techniques can be integrated into an interactive experience.

Dealing with the challenges of a diverse society, Tropenmuseum Junior poses the following questions: “How do we define culture and cultural identity in a world of diversity and migration, and how can we match a complex and abstract subject such as ‘cultural identity’ to a child’s perception?” Working on answering these questions form the main focus in reaching the museum’s main goal: to offer children the experience that culture and identity are by no means static, that transformation is all around us.

Ingredients of the museum experience: 7 starting points

Tropenmuseum Junior developed seven starting points aimed at encouraging open-mindedness and achieving a meaningful museum experience.

  1. Reality: present the theme in a holistic way and in an imaginative context to offer consistency and depth. Present the theme as a natural part of daily life, and integrate the theme in real stories about real life and real people. 
  2. Immersion: illustrate the theme with strong storylines, a theatrical setting and immersive set design. The theatrical elements should condense reality and enforce the theme, audiovisual means should engage the children yet not distract them so much that they become passive viewers/observers.
  3. Dynamism: stimulate children mentally and emotionally. Inspire them into making the theme come alive with solo, duo and group activities that stimulate an active learning process. Offer an interdisciplinary approach, mobilizing children to use their physical, social and intellectual skills. Involve all their senses.
  4. Relation: link (in)tangible heritage and collection to a theme and relate hands-on collection to everyday life and contemporary culture. Connect past and present.
  5. Personal: avoid commonplace ideas about culture or identity, be specific and use meaningful and personal stories which illustrate the general theme (‘pars pro toto’), pay special attention to personal interaction. A well-trained team of exhibition staff is the most interactive medium: they transmit the content in a lively way and they guide and encourage children to participate.
  6. Surprise: breaking patterns opens paths to new experiences and new interactions. Stimulate and involve children with unexpected events.
  7. Share: make sure people relate to the world outside the museum, as a curator and as a visitor. Allow children to show and share their experiences to other visitors and stimulate them to connect their experiences to the world outside the museum.

Fo more information, please contact marielle.pals@wereldculturen.nl

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