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That should be an increasingly closer relationship of colleges, universities and other educational institutions with museums, could offer a host of opportunities for collaboration so that, in some practical training fields, be could transferred the border of traditional education for everyone. Museums, following this strategic line, could also then provide educational opportunities for those who do not belong to the segment of population that we call students. Ultimately, generate partnerships to provide programs with clear vocation training for each and every one of those who seek to learn new things in leisure time. Museums could be the institutions that lead the answers and appropriate proposals to that claimant population of non-regulated training – and enjoyable training sector-. Also the offer of educational leisure – could generalize among all museums free (training sponsorship) – aimed at families. All together in good marriage: children, parents, grandparents, uncles, who wanted to sign up for the training activities of the museums.

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Reviewing demographic studies carried out in various parts of the world, while it is true that it is decreasing the proportion of youth with respect to the total population, it is also that it is increasing the number group “families”. Adults between 25 and 40 years are those who are more likely to be in the process of formation of a family, and is a social group that is on the rise. There have been studies in England without going any further, that show how families are a segment of the public that is growing rapidly as visitors to the museums. And this conclusion is certainly applicable to other first world countries. Museums should watch for give the appropriate response to the demands of the families as target audience segment, and should organize this perspective also exhibitions, activities, educational guidance and other services for visitors.
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In the majority of cases, the reasons that a family visit a Museum is in response to the needs of children. If interests respond to the needs of the children, also think adults accompanying them when they make the visit to the Museum. There are many museums that are taking too long to respond to this scenario. You visit a few exhibitions that are settled to thinking in expectation of the families. Almost all are intended for an adult audience, then excluding the initiative in response to family groups. Without however, it is clear that adults spend their leisure time with their children and are very much concerned to find places that are attractive and instructive and that experience can receive family.

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We have some references that work swimmingly, many of them are in the Anglo-Saxon countries who hold us advantage in many things, including what we discuss here today. One of the most concerning assets is the Natural History Museum of London that already have reference on many occasions, programming continuous activities for families. Other museums that work as an example are the Eureka! The Museum of Children, also mentioned here occasionally. and Snibston Discovery Park, Nemo Amsterdam or La Villette in Paris, as references which should be museums for families. The important thing, however, is that these initiatives focus not exclusively on Science and biology, but made extensive to all areas of human formation is the art, for example, planning family activities. There is who is already doing it, it is true, but there is much, much more backlog done already made.

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We must also reflect on another important group of population which is becoming very large, and is is that of the third age. Due to changes in the employment situation of the society (euphemism) and the exponential increase in people who are retiring, we have a group of people who have much free time and that, if not little, are in charge of their grandchildren almost full-time complete. While forecasts say that young people are moving away from the culture but seeking elders approaching to it. Until the day of today, this is a segment of the population very little taken into account as a visitor to museums in their current circumstances, situation which places them also in much cases, such as heads of households.

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The adult learning theories indicate that at this stage of his life people are inclined to enjoy more serious hobbies and are even willing to spend money on something of benefit.It is true that the museums have knowledge of this case and that they have been gradually increasing the progrramacion of their exposures to organized groups, but we insist on the need for this approach to be made more in the training area that enrich the cultural background of each person. Today, among museum professionals, it is considered that education should be an essential function of all of them, that should inspire all the museological processes. We must develop models – based on professional market research – enabling these public sectors approaching museums, with security that will find response to cultural concerns, response to your leisure and also covering his family responsibility, all together.


– MUSEUMS ASSOCIATION / Museums and Education (http://www.museumsassociation.org/campaigns/museums-and-the-education-agenda)

– KATE BELLAMY AND CAREY OPPENHEIM / Learning to Live, museums, young people and education (http://www.nationalmuseums.org.uk/media/documents/publications/learning_to_live.pdf)

– ELLIAN HOOPER-GREENHILL / Museums and Education: Purpose, Pedagogy, Performance : Purpose, Pedagogy, Performance (Museum Meanings) / Flora Caplan Editors, Nueva York (2007)

–  ELLIAN HOOPER-GREENHILL / Museos y sus visitantes / Editorial TREA, Gijón (2007)

– JOURNAL OF MUSEUM EDUCATION (Revista) / http://museumeducation.info/jme