I guess once a museum professional, always a museum professional. I was impressed by the Columbus Art Museum's children's/interactive gallery. But then, I was also impressed by the Dayton Art Museum's as well. It seems that here in Ohio there is some attention paid to having people experience art, not just "find the bird" activity sheets, although they have those too if you want them.
Here you see the gallery set up with tables and seating. The tables hold various activities for you to work with.
A Georgia O'Keefe painting of leaves might inspire you.
Here's Middleton Manigalt's "The Zoo (Menagerie in Central Park)" an oil on canvas dating from 1911. I enjoyed this as I have been here several times and the colors and movement is wonderful.
Not far away is a table with small pieces of paper and colored pencils for you to make your own drawings of zoo animals. You drop them in a little collection box made plexi-glass and some of them are put up.
Here you can see some of the examples of visitor's work.
Not far from the Georgia O'Keefe is a table with this wonderfully shaped blocks for you to make constructions. I was really taken with them and think I should put them on my Christmas list for next year. I can see all sorts of applications for this with quilting.
I was also having fun looking at the shadows that the Chilhuly chandeliers cast on the walls.
Downstairs were two of the Chilhuly neon works. I love the blue violet dance that they did.
I have to show you this installation in the Koi pond at the Franklin Conservatory...home to the fattest, most sluggish koi I have ever seen in my life.
I love the shapes of the staghorn fern fronds. I think that these very easily could be Dale Chilhuly's inspiration for some of his glass chandeliers.