Child magazine ranks Port Discovery among nation's top 4 children's museums

January 16, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Port Discovery is ranked among the top four children's museums in the country, based on a survey by Child magazine which hit newsstands yesterday.

The museum followed long-established museums in Indianapolis, Houston and Boston.

"Port Discovery is honored to be recognized as one of the best children's museum's in the U.S.," said Alan M. Leberknight, president and chief executive of Port Discovery. "We are proud of the experience we provide and work hard to ensure that a visit to Port Discovery increases a child's confidence, piques new interests and strengthens the bond between children and their parents."

The survey included 44 questions designed by a panel of experts and the magazine's staff. The methodology for scoring the answers was suggested by the expert panel.

Museums were rated on such things as their range of exhibits, the number of interactive exhibits, whether staff members were accessible to help and how smoothly the operation ran.

"Everything felt fresh," said Karen Cicero, a senior editor for Child, who visited Port Discovery in June 2001. "It seemed like kids were not only having a good time but getting something out of it."

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