Education: Laboratories of Patriotism

In two old houses in Brooklyn is the oldest museum of its kind in the world. Unlike most museums, it invites its patrons to handle its exhibits. It is stocked not with fossils or old masters but with jigsaw puzzles, stuffed birds, insects, rocks. Each day it swarms with 1,000 visitors, who come not to look but to work.

This institution, the Brooklyn Children's Museum, has had nearly 9,000,000 visitors since it was opened 40 years ago. Today there are some 50 imitators in the U. S.. Brazil, South Africa, Australia, Japan.

Last week 250 U. S. grownups met solemnly in Manhattan...

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