July 17, 2008

Burke launches cool new Web site for kids!

Posted by: Julia Swan

On Monday of this week, the Burke staff launched an exciting new Web site called Burke Kids. Burke Kids is an educational, interactive site for 6-12 year olds featuring fun games and learning opportunities. It’s a good way for kids to get to know not only the museum, but the people who work behind the museum. Learn what it’s like to be an archaeologist or build your own Northwest Coast mask!

A lot of work went into planning, writing, and building Burke Kids. It was truly a collaborative effort, with input from communications, education, Web services, and curatorial staff. I think the result is pretty amazing and something that really adds to the museum’s presence on the internet. I hope kids from all over will enjoy playing games and learning about anthropology, geology, and biology on the Burke Kids Web site!

We’re not the only museum to build Web sites aimed at kids. Check out the work of some of our peers around the country:

SmART Kids at the Smart Museum (University of Chicago)

Ology at the American Museum of Natural History (New York)

Diamond Ranch Web Site at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum (Oklahoma City)