Conference inspires establishment of Asian children’s museums in Asia

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The Asian children’s museums network has grown substantially in the last six years.

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Pioneered by Museo Pambata Foundation Inc. (MPFI) in 2008, the Asian Children’s Museum Conference (ACMC) aimed to encourage a network among children’s museums in Asia to envision the future of children’s museums and to nurture Asian children through cooperation among children’s museums.

The second ACMC in 2012, also hosted by Museo Pambata, welcomed 14 international and local speakers and almost 200 participants. It was also in 2012 when Museo Pambata was given a Special Commendation by Hands On! International and the European Museum Academy “for inspiring the creation of new children’s museums in the Philippines and in Asia.”

This year’s conference host, the Gyeonggi Children’s Museum, featured 12 international speakers and 150 participants. Themed “Children and Cultural Diversity,” the conference was held in Gyeonggi, South Korea from May 29 to 31.

Nina Lim-Yuson, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of MPFI, spoke at the 3rd ACMC about how Museo Pambata addresses children’s differences and uniqueness through its programs and exhibits.

Dr. Yuson was cited in the Korean press for the organization of the Asian children’s museum network. “People are now aware   that children’s museums encourage critical thinking, provide relevant programs for the young, builds citizenship and foster interactive learning. The big, traditional museums as the Rijksmuseum in The Netherlands now include children’s activities in their program, as they found it necessary to reach a wider audience,” she said.

Plans for the 4th Asian Children’s Museum Conference, to be hosted by Singapore’s National Heritage Board in 2016, are underway. Call 523-1797 to 98 or email info@museopambata.org for more information.

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