Photo Friday: At School in Phoenix's Heard Museum

School Room in Phoenix's Heard Museum
School Room in Phoenix's Heard Museum

One of the things I loved about the Heard Museum was how nicely the designers integrated kids activities into the museum exhibits. This heart-wrenching exhibit about Native American Boarding Schools came complete with school desks, blue exam books, and pencils. D and E were content to sit and draw while I (for the first time in ages) explored the galleries, viewed multimedia exhibits, and read every last bit of text about this sad part of American and Native American History.

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  1. Carolina

    February 26, 2009 at 10:30 p.m.

    This sounds like a museum I need to visit. And you're right, it's nice when a museum integrates kids' activities well. Nice shot of your studious-looking guy!

  2. Peace Mitchell {Australia}

    February 27, 2009 at 12:11 a.m.

    Great to see families being so included at this museum, and how nice for parents to be able to read the information and see the displays while the children were also actively engaged.

  3. Mara Gorman

    February 27, 2009 at 4:52 a.m.

    I just posted about the Heard yesterday! I'm looking forward to our spring break adventure there.

    Very cute picture - he looks poised to write a novel.

  4. Lanora

    February 27, 2009 at 4:56 a.m.

    It's sad to revisit old injustices but all the more important to keep the history alive for our children. Less seriously, this photo reminded me how much fun it was to play school when we were little and couldn't wait to go with the big kids.

  5. Debbie

    February 27, 2009 at 9:34 a.m.

    @Lanora Yes, I thought this exhibit did a great job of telling the story in a balanced way - both the good and the bad.

    @all You're right - E just loved sitting in the big kid desk and practicing his letters. I think he felt very grown up, and he certainly looks older than 3 to me in this picture.

  6. Angela Nickerson

    February 27, 2009 at 11:56 a.m.

    I follow the Heard Museum's tweets on Twitter: @heardmuseum or

  7. Lorraine Akemann

    February 27, 2009 at 1:57 p.m.

    Thanks Delicious Baby! This Friday post motivated me to actually print some of my favorite family travel photos and hang them on my walls at home. Finally!

  8. Dominique

    March 1, 2009 at 3:56 p.m.

    I love it when museums integrate interactive elements into their exhibits in a thoughtful way.