Thursday, April 9, 2009

Museum of Childhood, London

V&A Museum of Childhood
Cambridge Heath Road
London E2 9PA
United Kingdom

Museum of Childhood houses the UK’s National collection of childhood related objects dating back to the 16th century.

The Museum's permanent displays are arranged into three main galleries. Moving Toys which showcases the Museum's collection of moving and optical toys, Creativity, exploring an array of inspirational objects and ideas, and Childhood which tells the social story of childhood using a variety of objects, from dolls' houses to contemporary children's fashion and design.
Each of the galleries displays several pictures that can be enlarged and then what’s really cool about this site is that there is a 360 interactive virtual tour that allows you to explore the collections. There is one for a full screen and one for low resolution that is recommended for dial-up viewers. There are thumbnails, hotspots and the interactive map to navigate from one location to another. The menu at the bottom allows you to zoom in and out.
In addition, the “What’s On” page goes into more detail about the exhibits, the temporary displays, the events, workshops, and courses, and daily activities. Further more, you can schedule birthday parties on the weekends.
The page on Children’s lives is where you can find out about different aspects of the history of childhood. The information on these pages has been put together using our childhood archives and reserve collection and divided into the East End Lives, Edwardian Lives, Education & Creativity, Holidays & Entertainment, Nursery Rhymes and Lullabies, Parlour Games, Health & Work. Then each of these sections are divided into additional topics.
About US- presents the museums purpose and mission.
Shopping-The shopping page items are way cute and enlarge to get a better view of what you may want to put in your shopping cart.
But best of all is the page about “About This Site” that share how to edit settings, about browsers and plug-ins, getting help with the website accessibility, Browse-aloud (speech-enabled software) and Flickr-getting started guide. This museum’s approach is not only to share but to teach users about the technology that will allow them to get the most out of this web site.

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