About the museum

Our history

The Museum was established in 1986 by The Foundation of Children’s History, Art and Culture. Film director Rafael Goldin (1920-1994) and his wife, Doctor of Medicine, Alla Goldin (1938-2007), have conceived and developed the idea of this unique Museum and collection.

– It is said that children are people. But, people do not exist without a culture. Children are people who belong to the future. And they have the right to their own culture, their own art and history. – Founder & Film director Rafael Goldin (1920-1994)

“The International Museum of Children’s Art”,
Anton Antonov (13), Russia

Traveling exhibitions can be sent to schools, art associations, firms and other organisations as per agreements. National and international competitions will be arranged, which will cultimate in a traditional annual exhibition. The main goal is to promote «the Rights of the Child» and in the future also serve as a research center for the study of the history, art and culture of the child. Through its activities, the museum greatly contributes to creating an understanding of children’s own culture and civilization. In particular, Articles 12 & 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child are important clues for the museum: Article 12: To speak your mind and be heard: The child has the right to speak their mind in everything that concerns them and the child’s opinions must be given weight. Article 31: Play and leisure: The child has the right to rest, leisure and play, and to participate in art and cultural life.

The museum is a source of inspiration for both adults and children. Our long-term efforts are to develop appreciation of the value of children’s art and culture represent, at the same time, a struggle to protect the rights of the child. The right to be able to have and preserve one’s own culture, which is otherwise a recognized principle when talking about peoples or other population groups. In addition to the aesthetic value, the museum contributes through the children’s art to a better understanding of the children’s values and visions.

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“I am going to the moon” (5) India

"Children have the right to be included in forming their present and future."

Functions and values

Preservation: We collect children’s art from all over the world and preserve it for the future.
Creation: Children and adults visiting the Museum will be able to participate in activities: music, singing and painting- activities outdoors during the summer period.
Presenation: The Museum will arrange traveling exhibitions on different subjects both at home and abroad.

Museum structure

The museum is owned by the private Foundation of Children’s History, Art and Culture, which was established in 1980. It is governed by a board of at most eight members and the museum is a member of the Association of Norwegian Museums of Art and Social History, and UNESCO’s International Society of Museums. The museum receives annual grant from the Norwegian Ministry of Culture.

Future plans

The International Museum of Childrens Art has since its establishment in 1986 consolidated its position as an important institution, both at a national and international level. The need to further develop the museum’s potential, in larger and more flexible facilities, is crucial for the museum to be able to safeguard its social tasks and the cultural heritage of children and young people. Furthermore, the museum’s overall goal is to collaborate with new key participants, which whom one can jointly create values that will increase the interest in positive experiences, historical insights, dedication and social responsibilities.

Director: Angela Goldin,
22 69 17 77post@barnekunst.no

Please note that all images on this site is copyrighted to The International Museum of Childrens Art. You may not use any of the images on this website, unless explicit permission is given.

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