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The Children’s Museum Research Network (CMRN) Welcomes Five Institutions

ARLINGTON, Va (November 24, 2017) – Last week, the Children’s Museum Research Network (CMRN) held its fall meeting to welcome five new institutions to the research cohort: The Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus (CO), Glazer Children's Museum (Tampa, FL), the Canadian Children's Museum (Gatineau, QC), Port Discovery Children’s Museum (Baltimore, MD), and the Children's Museum of Sonoma County (Santa Rosa, CA).

This milestone marks the next phase of CMRN, as it continues its work to develop a sustainable research network for the children’s museum field.

CMRN is a partnership of The Association of Children's Museums, the University of Washington's Museology Graduate Program, and a group of fifteen total children’s museums, created in 2015 with funding from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

“The five museums that have been added to the Children’s Museum Research Network were chosen based on their existing research capabilities and commitment to the field. We’re excited to work together to continue our research, and generate actionable findings that will help elevate the field,” said ACM’s Director of Field Services Jennifer Rehkamp.

To date, CMRN has completed two research studies, on Learning Frameworks and Play. It is actively conducting a third study on caregivers’ understanding of learning in children’s museums. During the meeting, the Network reviewed study findings and started analyzing data. The topics of these and future research studies are guided by the Learning Value of Children’s Museums Research Agenda, the Network’s foundational document.

The full list of participating museums includes:

  • DuPage Children’s Museum
  • Thanksgiving Point Institute
  • Minnesota Children’s Museum
  • Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
  • The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
  • The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum
  • Children’s Museum of Tacoma
  • Boston Children’s Museum
  • Providence Children’s Museum
  • Children’s Museum of Houston
  • The Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
  • Glazer Children's Museum
  • Canadian Children's Museum (Canadian Museum of History)
  • Port Discovery Children's Museum
  • Children's Museum of Sonoma County

About Association of Children’s Museums (ACM)
In an increasingly complex world, children’s museums provide a place where all kids can learn through play and exploration with the caring adults in their lives. There are approximately 400 children’s museums around the world, which annually reach more than 31 million visitors. ACM provides leadership, professional development, advocacy and resources for its member organizations and individuals. To learn more about ACM and to find an ACM member museum near you, visit www.ChildrensMuseums.org.

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