Association of Children's Museums

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Escape to the museum. When we were growing up going to the museum meant rules: no running, no shouting and, most importantly, no touching. But that's not the case at children's museums where interaction and, yes, touching is encouraged. You're probably familiar with a few local to you, but what about when you're planning a trip? The Association of Children's Museums makes it easy to locate a great museum your children will love wherever you're going.

Museums aimed to stimulate the curiosity and imagination of children have been around since 1899 (the Brooklyn Children's Museum was the first) and they're currently the largest growth trend in the museum world. That's good news for your and your family.

Visit the Associations' website to find amazing children's museums in the U.S. and around the world.

Do you have a favorite children's museum you want to give a shout-out to?

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As Apartment Therapy's Managing Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.