International Museum Day - 18 May 2020
From creating activity trails for young visitors to organising special children's day workshops, ThinkArts has been actively involved with museums in various ways since its inception.
In November 2015, ThinkArts organised special activities at the Indian Museum to celebrate Children’s Day. Young participants from ages 6 to 15 were invited for an interactive tour throughout the museum, where they were encouraged to explore the history of the museum, identify animals within the paintings, play a game to identify rocks, listen to stories about artefacts and more. The feedback from children and grown-ups was very encouraging, one parent said, “This was a perfect example of engaging families in museums and providing a meaningful experience. Learning happens with loads of fun.”
In 2018, ThinkArts once again celebrated Children’s Day at a museum. This time, at the Victoria Memorial Hall. Activities such as Spot the Painting, Quizzical game, Treasure Hunting, stories from olden days of Calcutta were designed for the children. It was a joy to see the young visitors immersing themselves in the collection and eagerly participating in the activities. It was lovely to hear one of the children comment, “I went to spend some time with my friends and explore Victoria Memorial. It was a fun day with games and friends.”
Trails have always formed a big part of our museum activities. At ThinkArts, we believe that trails are a great way for children to engage with the collections at a museum, develop a personal connection and retain a continued interest in what they’ve discovered.
In June 2016, the Indian Museum Detective Trail was launched. The trail was designed to take young visitors through the different galleries within the museum as they went around solving puzzles and discovering answers. The trail also provided space for children to draw parts of the exhibits they’d seen.
In May 2017, celebrating International Museum Day, ThinkArts organised a trail for the Calcutta Gallery at the Victoria Memorial Hall. In the same year, we had also designed a trail for young visitors at the Heritage Transport Museum, Gurgaon.
The most recent of our ventures, Let’s Take a Walk, took place in February 2020 in collaboration with the Activity Club of Victoria Memorial Hall.
We at ThinkArts have enjoyed planning and organising these activities for young visitors these last few years. With the COVID-19 pandemic, it is impossible to know when activities such as these will be taking place again. ThinkArts will continue to organise alternative engagements until then and will be looking forward to the time we can next meet children and young people within the walls of these treasure troves.
For today, let us visit some of your favourite museums online!
ThinkArts in Museums
Engaging children with the museum and its collection
Nov 2015 : Children's day at the Indian Museum
June 2016 : Indian Museum Detective trail
May 2017 : Trail for Kolkata gallery at the Victoria Memorial Hall
2017 : Trail for young visitors at the Heritage Transport Museum, Gurgaon
Nov 2018 : Children's Day at the Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
Feb 2020 : Lets Take a Walk at the Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
Response from a visitor
Thank you Think Arts Team,
For the exciting learning opportunities you created in Indian Museum on Children's Day. It's not only for children, The parents and adults were equally enthusiastic and involved in all the activities. Museums are not only dead buildings with do-not-touch me artefacts. The gallery spaces were pulsating with life - children running fast to identify animals, laughing loudly, winning colour ribbons... A perfect example of engaging families in museums and provide a meaningful experience. Learning happens with loads of fun. Hats off to all the team members for their energy and patience. Planning, designing and executing everything so perfectly.