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Innocent ExperimentsChildhood and the Culture of Public Science in the United States$
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Rebecca Onion

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469629476

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469629476.001.0001

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Wonder House

Wonder House

The Brooklyn Children’s Museum as Beautiful Dream

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Innocent Experiments

Rebecca Onion

University of North Carolina Press

The Brooklyn Children’s Museum, the first children’s museum in the country, aimed its offerings at middle-class children who they saw as independent strivers. In discussing the types of science education available at their museum, the educators who ran the Brooklyn Children’s Museum showed how science education for boys in the early twentieth century was pitched at a higher level than the equivalent offerings for girls.

Keywords:   Brooklyn Children’s museum, Science education for boys, Extracurricular science education

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