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Museo Pambata

Museo Pambata

Situated in Manila, Museo Pambata proves that you donít have to bring the kids out of town for them to discover something new.
By Kristy Texon

Quite unlike other museums, where visitors are advised to avoid touching anything, Museo Pambata goes in the opposite direction by encouraging kids to explore with their hands. With nary a "Do not touch!" sign in the museum, it isn't hard to understand why Museo Pambata has remained a fun place for kids. Established in 1994 by the mother-daughter tandem of the late Estefania Aldaba-Lim (former Department of Social Welfare and Development secretary) and Nina Lim-Yuson, the country's premier hands-on museum has welcomed thousands of visitors at the historic Elks Club Building in Manila. The museum has taken learning outside the walls of the classroom by explaining supposedly complex ideas through the various theme rooms.

Kids can get a quick history lesson by visiting the Maynila Noon/Old Manila room; with its cobblestone floors, and replicas of a tranvia, a church, a stone house, and a galleon, the theme room transports visitors to the Spanish times.

Young science buffs can visit the Tuklas!/Science Through Discovery room, which showcases simple experiments to explain science concepts. By January, the theme room will unveil new exhibits that will tackle climate change. Coinciding with the room improvements is the launch of the book A Reference on Climate Change and Saving My Planet Earth, which is a joint effort with the Motorola Foundation. Other science-related rooms are the Kalikasan/Environment room, which features an imitation of a natural rainforest, and the Ang Katawan Ko/My Body Works, which focuses on anatomy (and where kids can crawl down Ms. Big Mouth's throat).

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While the museum tackles academic ideas, kids are also given practical lessons. The Pamilihang Bayan/Marketplace room--with its market stalls, barbershop, and fire truck--teaches kids about money and entrepreneurship. At the Children in the Global Village room, kids can play various musical instruments and see dolls from all over the world.

Young visitors are given ideas about different careers through the Paglaki Ko/Career Options room, whose exhibits change every few years. Right now, the room highlights the careers of illustrators and writers for children. The museum also schools kids about their rights through the Karapatan Hall.

Museo Pambata stimulates learning not only through its hands-on exhibits, but also through engaging activities. On weekends, kids can look forward to arts and crafts projects, storytelling sessions, dance performances and shadowplays.

While there is a children's library in the building, Museo Pambata goes a step further by bringing its mobile library (a van filled with books) to various underserved communities. Through such activities, the museum strengthens its advocacy on educating underprivileged children. With such a commitment to stimulating young minds, Museo Pambata can look forward to welcoming more happy visitors in the years to come.

Museo Pambata is along Roxas Boulevard corner South Drive in Manila. Entrance to the museum is P100/head.†

Operating Hours:

Tuesday to Saturday
8:00 AM-5:00 PM (August to March)
9:00 AM-5:00 PM (April to July)

Sunday
1:00 PM-5:00 PM

*The museum is closed on Mondays and other official holidays.

For inquiries, you may contact Museo Pambata at (02) 523-1797 to 98, (02) 536-0595, or at info@museopambata.org. You may also visit their site at www.museopambata.org.

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Museo Pambata

Museo Pambata is housed in the historic Elks Club Building in Manila.

Maynila Noon/Old Manila Room at Museo Pambata

The Maynila Noon/Old Manila room provides a quick history lesson to its visitors.

Tuklas!/Science Through Discovery Room at Museo Pambata

Supposedly complex ideas are explained to kids at the Tuklas!/Science Through Discovery Room.

Ms. Big Mouth at Museo Pambata

Kids can enter the Ang Katawan Ko/My Body Works room by going through Ms. Big Mouth's throat.

Paglaki Ko/Career Options Room at Museo Pambata

The Paglaki Ko/Career Options theme room currently puts the spotlight on writers and illustrators for children.

Pamilihang Bayan/Marketplace Room at Museo Pambata

Kids can learn about entrepreneurship at the Pamilihang Bayan/Marketplace room.

Arts and Crafts at Museo Pambata

Arts and crafts activities are regularly offered at Museo Pambata.

Anino Shadowplay at Museo Pambata

Museum visitors can look forward to shadowplays on Saturdays, hosted by the Anino Shadowplay Collective.
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