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Baltimore museums still reach children

For the first time in modern history, foot traffic at art museums across the nation has been dropping steadily, whereas until the turn of the 21st century, attendance had always gone up. (Ulysses Muñoz, Mary McCauley / Baltimore Sun video)

Please do not rule out the experience of thousands of school children who visit the museums on school buses as part of their education (“Free admission hasn’t stopped attendance slide at Baltimore art museums — and other solutions prove elusive, too,” Jan. 16).

They enter the museum excited to see what is in these huge buildings and are greeted by equally enthusiastic docents who open up a new world for them. Our hope is the hour that they spend with us educates them to the wonders of other cultures often thousands of years old.

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We docents believe that we make a difference in their lives and that someday they will become museum visitors of the future.

Betty Phillips Feinberg, Baltimore

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The writer is a docent at the Walters Art Museum.

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