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Based in Amsterdam, Thinking Museum research, design and deliver high quality, innovative learning activities, private tours and training for museums and cultural organisations, individuals and companies.

For museums and cultural organisations, we design educational programmes and run training workshops for museum educators and docents. For individuals and family groups, we offer in-depth and bespoke private museum tours in Amsterdam. For companies we create and design corporate workshops focusing on developing the skills of critical thinking and creativity using art and historical objects.  

Thinking Museum is passionate about promoting engagement and curiosity in the museum through the use of  Visible Thinking.

Excellent guide – terrific with kids (and adults)! Our guide, Claire, was absolutely terrific. Claire did a wonderful job of keeping all of us fully engaged for the 2.5 hours. She definitely knows her art history from the Golden Age and the history of the museum (and probably a whole lot more!), and she was terrific […]

Clare Vincent

Claire was amazing with kids and adults too. She immediately engaged all of us and knew how to redirect the kids as needed. She has extensive knowledge throughout the museum as well as Amsterdam. She is very intelligent and highly captivating. I would highly recommend her to anyone booking in Amsterdam.

Stegman Family

Claire provided an amazing tour to our families.  She included props and books to engage the four children.  The writing/drawing activity she presented allowed the kids to participate through the entire time.  My husband and I enjoyed the in-depth talk on architecture.  I felt I stepped back in time as she explained the gables, the hooks, and […]

Danielle Kalletta

Durch Claire Bown hatten wir eine exzellente, sehr kompetente Führung. Die Führung durch Claire Bown war sehr gut vorbereitet, auf sehr guter Wissensbasis und didaktisch hervorragend. Dank der charmanten freundlichen Art und dem exzellenten Englisch hat sie besondere Freude gemacht. Alle Teilnehmer waren begeistert.

Dr. Karin Foitzik

Enthousiast, betrokken en deze dames weten waar ze het over hebben. Een goed onderbouwde training, met heel veel praktische handvaten. De methode waarmee gewerkt wordt is niet star maar flexibel en volgens mij in elk museum op de één of andere manier in te zetten.  

Joke Backx, Manager Public Programs, Stedelijk Museum ’s-Hertogenbosch

This was the first time we have had a personal guide and we are so glad that we did. Claire was informative and entertaining and her pace was perfect. She selected several items (mostly, but not all, paintings) from the collection in the Rijksmuseum and spent time at each one explaining and talking to us […]

Gillian and Richard Head

A great insight into the Rijksmuseum treasures with a wonderful guide. Our guide was waiting for the 4 of us (myself, my wife and 2 friends) at the pre-determined meeting point (easy to find). She was very friendly and articulate, and being English herself, there were no language issues. Claire provided us with a clear […]

Chris Wilcox

Als educatieve uitgeverij werken we met creatieve mensen. Als afsluiting van een jaar van hard werken wilden we met onze auteurs iets gaan doen dat niet alleen leuk was, maar ook verband hield met de inhoud van auteurswerk. Daarom hebben we Thinking Museum gevraagd om ons een rondleiding door het Tropenmuseum te geven. Het was […]

Barbara Capel, Contentontwikkelaar, ThiemeMeulenhoff

As an educational publishing company working with creative people we wanted our annual author outing to be not only fun but connected to the creative side of writing. That is why we asked Thinking Museum to give us a Visible Thinking workshop at the Tropenmuseum. It was very inspiring to focus on only a few beautiful […]

Barbara Capel, Content Developer, Thieme Meulenhoff

We LOVED the tour!! Claire was wonderful and she came so well prepared, with a bag full of goodies and a head full of knowledge ;). My kids made me promise to book another tour with Claire soon!

Esther van de Paal

Claire was a superlative guide. Very knowledgeable, well spoken, pleasant and prompt! I can’t think of anything that did not work. In a fairly condensed period of time, Claire gave us a clear overview of the Dutch during their trading zenith.

Heidi and Lou Charleson

An excellent overview of the Golden Age by a great guide. Claire is an excellent guide and gave us a fascinating overview of the Golden Age by in-depth study of a score or so paintings and artefacts, and was also able to discuss our particular interests very knowledgeably. The time flew by.

Lynn Biggs

Claire Bown has a true knack for making museums come to life. From the Rijksmuseum to the Van Gogh Museum, she showed us the highlights of each museum’s collections and enriched our visits with lively information. Her ability to connect the life and times during history when the works were painted to the individual artists […]

Joy Silver

Op Twitter @Sirivdlh : ‘Interessante “thinking routines” aangereikt gekregen die de kijker uitdagen om langer en intensiever naar kunst te kijken #thinkingmuseum. Dat was een inspirerende cursus #VisibleThinking van @thinkingmuseum @hetdordts‘

Siri van de Laar-Hol

De Visible Thinking Training in het Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar was erg inspirerend en ik heb het idee dat er een hoop vruchtbare ideeën zijn ontstaan. En dat ieder voor zich de elementen, die van toepassing zijn, er heeft weten uit te pikken.

Charlotte Samuels, Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar

‘Ik ben nog steeds druk bezig met ‘jullie’ routines! Gisteren nog een test gedaan met een 65 groep, was echt super! De rondleiders zijn ook nog steeds erg enthousiast!’

Emmeline Nijsingh, Educatie, Dordrechts Museum

We will ALWAYS remember you.  You gave our family such a wonderful introduction to really seeing art, and I have been telling friends who travel that they should take art tours like the one you gave us.  We all learned so much, had fun and now look at art differently as a result of your tour.  You […]

Meg Sippel and family

We hadden in het Van Gogh Museum al eerder kennis gemaakt met de mogelijkheden van Visible Thinking. We zochten nu naar een manier om ons rondleidteam nog verder te inspireren de routines te gebruiken. Dit werd een training met Claire Bown en Gundy van Dijk. Dit heeft fantastisch gewerkt. Juist omdat zij specifiek gericht zijn […]

Marie-José van Schaik, Teammanager Educatieve Activiteiten, Van Gogh Museum

Experiencing art is an interesting phenomenon.  A painting speaks in a unique way to each person viewing it.  Each painting presents multiple layers to evoke thought–from the aesthetics to the perspective to the technique to the symbolism.  Claire Bown gave me two museum tours (actually mini-classes) recently.  She guided me through the Dutch Masters collection […]

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