2002 年 26 巻 5 号 p. 394-401
We investigated the characteristics of the children museum "Eureka!" in cooperation with schools as a viewpoint. Eureka! was founded in 1992 and it is a small non-governmental museum. It is a small museum but, there are about 800 visitors from 18 schools in a day. We found five reasons why Eureka! has so many visitors. The first reason is that its exhibitions are connected tightly with the British National Curriuculum, especially for KS 1 and KS 2. Actually, Eureka! appealed to school teachers and parents that their exhibitions be connected with the National Curriculum. This is the main reason why there are so many visitors every day. Secondly, exhibitions are all hands on type, that is. interactive museum. Students are able to learn science through experiences and exhibitions. These are attractive to students for reasons of having these good ideas. For example, not only students can merely touch the exhibitions or push the switches, but they can also learn science through discovery with much surprise and interest. Another characteristics of this museum is that the exhibitions are made colorfully. There are four amazing galleries namely; "Me and my body". "Invents. Create, Communicate", "Things", and "Living and Working Together". Thirdly, they accept visitors by three guide courses: 10:15-12:15. 12:30-14:30, and 13:30-15:30. Every cousc consists of one focus hour with enabler (teaching assistant) and one discovery hour by learning themselves. Fourth, Eureka! is always evaluated by visitors. The results are reflected in the exhibitions. Fifth, there are some detailed information on the corner of galleries for further study.