Education in the Museon

PhotoA school visiting the Museon

As an interactive museum for culture and science with an educational mission and an interdisciplinary approach, Museon is keen to inspire people to explore the world around them and develop their own knowledge and capacities. Museon achieves this mission by offering school groups and the general public a dynamic learning environment in a museum setting. As an intermediary for cultural education, Museon is therefore a valuable complement to the formal education system.

Our interactive exhibitions use the latest technology and techniques to present objects from our nature, culture and technology collections. These collections are directly relevant to areas of the school curriculum such as geography, history, biology, physics and technology. The wide range of subjects addressed and high experiential value of our presentations make a visit to Museon a fascinating and instructive experience. Every year tens of thousands of schoolchildren participate in the museum’s educational programmes.

Museon curators are educators as well as collection managers. They develop both exhibition concepts and the related lesson programmes. This continuity ensures maximum knowledge transfer and top-quality education. The specialists at Museon adopt an interdisciplinary approach to the development of new educational products and always encourage children to ‘discover and do it yourself’.

In developing such educational products, Museon works on a demand-driven basis. Programming is strongly influenced by developments in the school system, curricula, attainment targets and preferences within the education sector. Market research, focus groups, lesson evaluations and close and ongoing personal contact with people within the education system help us to understand our various target groups’ specific needs.

Museon constantly updates its programming and presentations in response to current developments in society and in scientific knowledge. In addition to temporary exhibitions, we regularly create themed galleries as a setting for new, specially developed museum lessons.

Museon provides interactive guided tours for school groups. Although our publications describe these as ‘lessons’, they never involve formal classroom teaching.

The collection and school subject areas

Museon’s nature, culture and technology collections are directly relevant to the following areas of academic teaching:
- biology, geology, geography, world studies
- history, social studies, citizenship/global citizenship
- physics, chemistry, arithmetic, mathematics, economics
- technology, drawing, arts and cultural education.

Some museum lessons can be given in English but this must be specifically agreed in advance. Please send requests to educatie@museon.nl.

Photo left A school visiting the Museon