Museums are generally places of calm, quiet observance. As such, they can be a recipe for disaster for anyone with young children.

But for this toddler, he was captivated by his museum visit, in particular by what he assumed was a free snack.

The hungry child was pictured escaping the clutches of his mother to reach out and latch on to the bare breast of a statue.

Posted to the Facebook page Life of Dad, the image has received thousands of reactions from social media viewers.

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This museum has free snacks!!

Posted by Life of Dad on Tuesday, 28 June 2016

While the boy's mother can be seen laughing at her son's behaviour, some have criticised the image. But for the most part, the tot is largely congratulated for knowing where his food comes from.