Young children in museums: a reading list

Here is some of the literature we have been reading about young children in museums:


Carr, M. Clarkin-Phillips, J. Beer, A. Thomas, R. and Waitai, M. (2012) Young children developing meaning-making practices in a museum: the role of boundary objects, Museum Management and Curatorship, 27:1, 53-66

Cape UK (2011) In the Gallery: Children, young people and families co-researching their experience in museums, MLA.

Clarkin-Philips, J. Carr, M. Thomas, R. Waitai, M. and Lowe, J. (2013) Stay Behind the Yellow Line: Young Children Constructing Knowledge from an Art Exhibition. Curator: The Museum Journal 56 (4): 407-420.

Cook, T. and Hess, E., (2007) What the Camera Sees and from Whose Perspective: Fun methodologies for engaging children in enlightening adults. Childhood, 14(1), pp.29–45.

Dicks, B. (2013) Interacting with….what? Exploring children’s social and sensory practices in a science discovery centre, Ethnography and Education 9 (3): 301-322.

Ellenbogen, K .M., Luke, J. L. and Dierking, L. D. (2004) Family learning research in museums: An emerging disciplinary matrix? Science Education, 88 (1), 48-58.

Graham, J. (2011) Early Years: a growing audience for museums and galleries. Journal of Education in Museums, 32.

Graham, J. (2012) Museums and children under 2. Accessed 19.5.15 at

Hackett, A. (2012) Running and learning in the museum: a study of young children’s behaviour in the museum, and their parents’ discursive positioning of that behaviour. Childhoods Today, 6 (1).

Hackett, A. (2014) Zigging and zooming all over the place: young children’s meaning making and movement in the museum. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 14 (1), 5-27.

Hackett, A. (2015). Young children as wayfarers: learning about place by moving through it. Children and Society.

Kelly, L., Main, S., Dockett, S., Perry, B. and Heinrich, S. (2006) Listening to young children’s voices in museum spaces. Paper presented at the Australian Association for Research in Education Conference. Available from:’s-voices-in-museum-spaces [Accessed 18th April 2014].

Kirk, E. (2013) Gaining Young Children’s perspectives on natural history collections. Journal of Natural Science Collections 1, 38-43.

Kirk, E. (2014) Crystal Teeth and Skeleton Eggs: Snapshots of Young Children’s Experiences in a Natural History Museum. Unpublished thesis.

MacRae, C. (2007) Using senses to make sense of art: young children in art galleries. Early Years, 27:2, 159-170

MLA (2008) First Steps. Providing for the Early Years in Museums.

Piscitelli, B. and Anderson, D., (2001) Young children’s perspectives of museum settings and experiences. Museum Management and Curatorship, 19(3), pp.269–282.

Weier, K. and Piscitelli, B., (2003) Hot and sweaty in the museum: Young children learning about nature, culture and science. Journal for Education in Museums, 24, pp.19–23.

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