Past Picks: The 10 Best Children's Museums

How We Ranked the Museums

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Last June, Child magazine contacted the more than 200 full or sponsor level U.S. members of the Association of Children's Museums to fill out a survey about their museum. The 44-question survey, developed in conjunction with an advisory board of museum professionals, addressed a wide variety of issues including:

  • The extent and quality of monthly programming
  • The diversity and quality of exhibits
  • The experience and availability of staff
  • Comfort factors like bathrooms, diaper-changing stations, and food service
  • The overall value

By September, the results were tabulated; the top 10 winners were featured extensively in the February issue of Child magazine. You'll find the top 10 museums here -- plus the 40 runners-up and details about the survey.

Copyright © 2001. Reprinted with permission from the February 2002 issue of Child magazine.

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