Are you ready to go on a museum visit? Senior Publishing and Creative Manager Masha Turchinsky and illustrator John Kerschbaum created a simplified floor plan of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) that aims to help children comprehend and navigate the museum. The MET is one of the world’s largest and finest art museums. Its permanent collection includes more than two million works of art spanning five thousand years of world culture, from prehistory to the present and from every part of the globe. The plan features iconic images from each part of the collection, all rendered with visual humor and in a colorful style. You are invited to imagine yourself in another time and place, to uncover treasures, and to be part of the big picture. Go hunt for details and learn fun facts about the collection. Last but not least, make sure you and your parents visit the parts you really want to see. The map is available for free at all Museum information desks and online at http://metmuseum.org/learn/for-kids
Turchinsky, Masha, and John Kerschbaum. 2008. Metropolitan Museum of Art Family Map. Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In “8th Iteration (2012): Science Maps for Kids,” Places & Spaces: Mapping Science, edited by Katy Börner and Michael J. Stamper. http://scimaps.org
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2012. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Family Map. Accessed August 13. http://www.metmuseum.org/en/learn/for-kids/~/media/Files/Learn/Family%20Map%20and%20Guides/11_FamilyMap.ashx
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Acknowledgements: This exhibit is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. IIS-0238261, CHE-0524661, IIS-0534909 and IIS-0715303, the James S. McDonnell Foundation; Thomson Reuters; the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center, University Information Technology Services, and the School of Library and Information Science, all three at Indiana University. Some of the data used to generate the science maps is from the Web of Science by Thomson Reuters and Scopus by Elsevier. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.