The Museo Pambata is a children's interactive museum, the first of its kind in the Philippines. It is in a sense an alternative to the formal classroom environment where learning resembles a one-way street – the teacher imparts knowledge and the students absorb it. In Museo Pambata, children can use their total senses and learn various concepts at their own pace. It excites the minds of the young, inspires them to learn more, and most importantly revitalizes what child learning should be – fun and exciting!
Opened in 1994, Museo Pambata is the dream come true of Nina Lim-Yuson, an early childhood educator and mother of four, who once brought her young children to the Boston Children’s Museum in America. They had so much fun with the museum's hands-on exhibits that she wished there was a similar place back home where her kids - and the millions of Filipino children - can learn and have fun at the same time.
Former Department of Social Welfare and Development secretary Estefania Aldaba-Lim shared Yuson’s enthusiasm over the idea of having a children’s museum in the country due to her past involvement with children for over three decades, including a United Nations appointment as Special Envoy for the International Year of the Child in 1979. They envisioned the museum as a venue for alternative learning for children, specially for those who have no access to formal education.
The Museo Pambata is at the former Elks Club Building on Roxas Boulevard corner South Drive, Manila.
Official Site: www.museopambata.org
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