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The Museum Idea

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Design +6 Age Levels Primary (5 to 8 years old), Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old)

Museums and galleries play an important role in society. They preserve the past, enrich the present, and inspire the future. In this lesson, students will take a close look at museums, why they exist, and what the people who work in them do. By the end of the lesson, student's will create their own "Museum of Me." 

This lesson was inspired by an issue of Smithsonian's Art to Zoo and includes Minecraft: Education Edition extensions. It is part of the  2017 Museum Day Live! STEM Challenge


LESSON: The Museum Idea

Smithsonian magazine

George Washington (Lansdowne Portrait)

National Portrait Gallery

Museum Careers

Memorial Art Gallery University of Rochester

Art Frames Conservation

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Sketches for Frames

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Frame for Thayer's Monadnock in Winter

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery


Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Art to Zoo: The Museum Idea (1978)

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access