Kids visiting Mudam in Kirchberg. Photo: Jessica Theis (archives)
Why not whet their appetite by watching “Night at the Museum” and then going online to start hunting for some family favourites? You won’t find a real-life Theodore Roosevelt or Amelia Earhart like in the film, but you can find a stuffed woolly mammoth, WWII soldiers’ diaries, antique cars, modern paintings and more by visiting great museums in the Grand Duchy.
Did you know there are seven museums within the city limits? And that anyone under the age of 21 can go to them for free? If that doesn’t make you smile, going from one museum to another following a prescribed itinerary will… because the one-mile route forms the curved line of a smile on the map, hence the name Museumsmile.
To entice people to discover the museums, the city hosts several big events a year, including the “Invitation to the Museums” weekend, when entrance to all of them is free for everyone, not just people under the age of 21 and students. This year’s event takes place on 21 and 22 May.
In addition, there’s “International Museum Day” on 18 May, when museums around the world and in this area will be holding special events.
Now if that sounds good on paper, but the reality of getting reluctant kids in the car or on the bus is daunting, you can begin your museum tour right at home to make sure your gameplay’s a masterpiece. The site gives you a good idea of what is offered at each museum, not only in the capital city but in the whole country.
Let your kids help choose your itinerary, and even if it doesn’t form a curved line on the map, it’s sure to make them smile.
This article was first published in the May 2016 issue of Delano magazine. Be the first to read Delano’s articles on paper before they’re posted online, plus read exclusive features and interviews that only appear in the print edition, by subscribing online.