Are adults welcome in science museums?

A DJ entertains the crowds at a Cal Academy Night Life event. (Photo courtesy of California Academy of Sciences)
A DJ entertains the crowds at a Cal Academy Night Life event. (Photo courtesy of California Academy of Sciences)

My latest article for Museum magazine has been out for about a month, and I appreciate all the lovely comments I’ve gotten about it! It’s also great to know that I’m not alone up on my soap box. Check it out in the July/August issue of Museum.

I DON’T HAVE CHILDREN, but I like to go to science
museums and play with the exhibits. You might think that
there’s nothing wrong with an adult playing in a science
museum. If so, you should tell that to all the parents who
glare at me as I play with an exhibit they think, rightly or not,
is meant for children. Audience research from consulting
firm Reach Advisors has shown that a majority of museum
visitors believe science museums best serve or are intended
for children. At best, this is an error in the perception of science
museums by their visitors. At worst, it’s the truth.

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