Milo’s Museum

The Story

Milo’s Museum by Zetta Elliott explores ideas of inclusion and how one little girl took action when she noticed that the local museum did not represent her family or heritage. Click HERE for the lesson plan.

The Questions

  1. Why did Milo feel not quite right with her visit to the museum?
  2. If you were faced with the same situation as Milo, what would you do?
  3. Do you ever feel like something special about you is ignored or overlooked?

The Activities

Make Your Own Museum!

1. Be like Milo and curate your own exhibit by following these three steps:

– Make a list of the things that tell a story about who you are. What are your prized possessions? What objects reveal your strengths? Have you ever won a trophy or prize? You can include items you loved when you were younger but since outgrown.

2. Talk to the elders in your family- your parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts. Ask them to share photographs and heirlooms that tell a story about your family (an heirloom is something precious that gets passed down from one generation to the next). Has your family ever migrated from one place to another? What objects help you celebrate your family’s culture(s)?

3. Find a space where you display your precious objects. Arrange them in a way that makes it easy for visitors to see and or/touch them. Now think about the story you want to tell. Have You or your family members overcome any challenges? What makes you proud to be part of your family and/or your community?