Past Picks: The 10 Best Children's Museums

How We Ranked the Museums


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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