of Tlaxcala: what do they lack to include children?

Tlaxcala, Tlax. Gabriela is the mother of a 5-year-old girl and finding spaces where her daughter can develop alongside her has been complicated. The reason? In Tlaxcala there are no facilities for children to have a recreational space, even museums have their limits to serve this population.

The capital of Tlaxcala has four museums: the Tlaxcala Regional Museum, the Tlaxcala Memory Museum, the Miguel N. Lira Museum and the Tlaxcala Art Museum. Of these museums, only two have the structure so that boys and girls can access art and history.

A different scenario than the number of bars that are in the same area, because according to information from Government of Tlaxcalain the Center of Tlaxcala there is a record of 16 bars.

When asking Gabriela about her experience in museums with her daughter, she replied:

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Gabriela is an anthropologist and shared for this medium that on various occasions she has been able to see that the spaces for children are very limited. In addition to this, the idea that the only ones responsible for childhoods are the parents has been reinforced.

Museums in Tlaxcala, do they have infrastructure to serve children?

In order to find out if the museums in the Center of Tlaxcala have the infrastructure to serve children, we visited the four most important museums on the perimeter: Regional Museum of Tlaxcala, Museum of Memory of Tlaxcala, Miguel N. Lira Museum and Art Museum. from Tlaxcala.

Of these four museums, only the Miguel N. Lira Museum It has three spaces and an activity that allow children to have access to a recreational meeting.

At the beginning of the tour there are headphones that have informative fragments that relate the life of the writer Miguel N. Lira; where the little ones can interact.

Photography: Tlaxcala Stage

There is also a “lyre”, connected to a sensor that allows each time a person passes by, it can produce a sound similar to a lyre.

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Photography: Tlaxcala Stage

Lic. Luis Flores responsible for Communication and Educational Services of the Miguel N. Lira Museum shared that in the museum they have instilled that children can have a learning space within the museum. For this they have also created characters like “Ring Ring el Renacuajo”, in this regard he shared:

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Photography: Tlaxcala Stage

The last space where children can interact is the movie theater, which projects some scenes from the films written by N. Lira. Although these activities are carried out in school groups, Mr. Flores added that they can also be implemented if a family with only one child goes and they do not have a cost.

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Photography: Tlaxcala Stage

For its part, the Regional Museum of Tlaxcala has two spaces where children can interact in a playful way, however they are very limited. This is firstly because the construction is not designed to be a museum and secondly because of the exhibitions, since some occupy more than two rooms.

One of the peculiarities of Regional Museum of Tlaxcala is that it has original archaeological pieces, which is why children are asked not to touch or stay away and must always be supervised by an adult.

In an interview with Lic. Ana María Vázquez, she shared for this medium that they generally serve school groups for free; and so that children can interact with the pieces that are inside the museum, workshops are offered where they can use paint and create their own archaeological pieces and can even interact with reproductions created by INAH itself.

Most of the rooms in this museum have touch screens where the general public can access more information and it has a room on the top floor where children can place the date of each archaeological piece.

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Photography: Tlaxcala Stage

In addition, there is a space where children can interact with replicas of archaeological pieces.

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Photography: Tlaxcala Stage

The third museum we visit is the Museum of Memorythe infrastructure of this museum is not designed so that children can interact directly with the property.

In this regard, Lic. Francisco Martínez Hernández commented that there are still various changes to be made to integrate children. Along these lines, he mentioned that summer workshops are offered for boys and girls of the entity, however, the population becomes smaller.

Despite the fact that the construction of this museum does not have recreational spaces for boys and girls, Lic. Francisco Martínez commented that they have sought a way for children to feel involved with history. So they have been willing to acquire games so that they can be occupied during the tours.

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Photography: Tlaxcala Stage

These being the only activities where children can participate in a recreational way in the activities of the museum.

When asked if Lic. Francisco Martínez was contemplated in the future to make changes so that there are more child-friendly spaces, he replied that he plans to buy interactive screens so that children can interact.

Lastly, we went to Tlaxcala Art Museum however, Lic. Miriam mentioned that they could not provide information about the spaces for children inside the museum.

When observing the three rooms that this building has, they are not adapted so that children can interact with the information provided in the museum. For her part, Lic. Miriam mentioned that she does not have enough staff to attend.

Although the Tlaxcala Art Museum does have a space and had staff inside the building for the bar that opened at the beginning of the year, the attention it provides as an artistic space is currently confusing.

The economic resource is a constant problem in museums because they need updates, spaces and activities that encourage children to be interested in art and history, for now that resource to improve these spaces has not been delivered.

Although there are some activities for children to appropriate these spaces, this does not mean that they are spaces for accompanied motherhood; because most of them are carried out by school groups. And it is not so simple that mothers and fathers who take their sons and daughters can access recreational activities.

What about childhoods with some type of disability?

Although the museums have some activities for children with disabilities, they do not have the complete infrastructure for this sector.

For its part, the Regional Museum of Tlaxcala has two rooms with language in braille, in addition to which they have small screens where the writings are translated into Mexican sign languages.

But being an old construction, there are no ramps or an elevator so that children in wheelchairs can take the tour of the museum. In addition, Lic. Ana María Vázquez mentioned that since the area was declared World Heritage, no changes can be made to the building to implement them.

Although the Miguel N. Lira Museum has ramps so that children with motor disabilities can take their tour, there are no writings in braille or in Mexican languages ​​for those who have some type of audio visual disability.

The Museum of Memory this year opened a course on sign languages, however, there is no guide who can serve this population and no information in braille; despite the fact that they do have an elevator for those with motor disabilities.

As for the Tlaxcala Art Museum, it does not have a guide who has knowledge of sign language, nor does it have plates with braille or sign language for its exhibitions.

Are we far from looking for spaces for children?

Gabriela is from Tetlanohcan and mentioned that shopping malls are usually friendlier to children, but she cannot always take her daughter to those spaces because of the distance.

Like the Museums that are generally centralized, making it impossible for her to take her daughter frequently.

For this reason, she has chosen to go with her daughter to alternative spaces that are carried out self-managed by members of groups, where there is space and activities such as film screenings for children.

Despite the few recreational spaces for children, there are museums such as the Santa Lucía Quinamétzin Paleontological Museum, which provides information in text and in an audiovisual way that allows children to be entertained.

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Photography: Tlaxcala Stage

In addition to the fact that it has exclusive spaces for them to learn and entertain themselves, with great monuments that keep the attention of children.


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of Tlaxcala: what do they lack to include children?