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Sunday, January 29, 2006

Art Institute ranked among top 3 for kids

By Leigh Allan

Dayton Daily News

DAYTON | "We're No. 3! We're No.3!" isn't the usual victory cry, but if you're the Dayton Art Institute and the only two ahead of you are the Art Institute of Chicago and New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, it's no wonder Director Alex Nyerges is "honored and thrilled" to come in third.

The cause for celebration is DAI's high spot on Child magazine's rankings of the 10 Best Art Museums for Kids. Child particularly cited Institute pre-schooler tours, gallery hunts (with clues) and family Gallery Bags.

Child bases the ratings in its March 2006 issue on depth and variety of family and child tours and classes, educational programs for school groups and staffing. It tells readers not to miss the Experiencenter, which provides a wide variety of hands-on opportunities that change to match other DAI exhibits (Eyes of Architecture at the moment, Food for Thought beginning in March).

The DAI, which had more than 30,000 schoolchildren visit the recent Egyptian exhibit, The Quest for Immortality: Treasures of Ancient Egypt, was followed in Child's list by the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco and the Carnegie in Pittsburgh.

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