Parents' Guide to

My First Museum

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Engaging, close up look at masterpieces; lacks diversity.

App iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad Free to try Education
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Kids get an in depth look at some of the most iconic works of Western European art, but more diversity would add value. The stories and tidbits in My First Museum nicely cover the painting as well as history and context around the painting and its artist. It helps kids build familiarity with major cultural icons, but, the app's collection could benefit from including more diverse works to represent more than just male European artists. My First Museum has great information and nice high-resolution visuals, but there are lots of menu options for each painting. It may not be immediately clear to some kids how to navigate through it. Also, there are a few aspects that don't work well, such as the tab that seems to be an option to change languages, and some odd pronunciations from the narrator. And, though the background information is generally kid-appropriate, there are sometimes difficult words or concepts such as mentioning that van Gogh "took his own life." Parents may want to consider using My First Museum with their kids as a way to spark curiosity, exploration, and discussion -- particularly if kids are on the younger side.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Social Studies: historical figures
  • Pricing structure: Free to try (unlock full content with $4.99 in-app purchase)
  • Release date: June 5, 2021
  • Category: Education
  • Publisher: WMS, Inc
  • Version: 1.1.4
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 12.0 or later
  • Last updated: June 14, 2021

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