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Stay Behind the Yellow Line: Young Children Constructing Knowledge from an Art Exhibition


  • Jeanette Clarkin-Phillips,

  • Margaret Carr,

  • Rebecca Thomas,

  • Maiangi Waitai,

  • Joanne Lowe


Studies exploring very young children visiting museums and art galleries are few. The majority of research about museum and gallery visitors explores family group interactions. This paper examines the findings of a study involving three- and four-year-old children visiting an art exhibition in a national museum on more than one occasion. The children's construction of knowledge about being a museum visitor and exhibitor indicates their ability to develop an appreciation of art and an understanding of the purposes of museums and art galleries.