Japan, Children’s Museum
A museum in which children are allowed to touch all the exhibits, pick them up and even conduct scientific experiments with them, was opened in Hiroshima in 1980 in the new building of the city children’s library.
The Children’s Museum is located in the city center, next to the Green Arena convention center and the Family Pool. Next to the museum there is also a concrete platform where extremals on skateboards and BMX bikes train.
In the four-story building, except for the library and museum, there is also a planetarium for 340 seats. Neighborhood with the planetarium is not accidental, since the main accent of the museum is made on the study of astronomy. The diameter of the planetarium dome is 20 meters, the programs about the Universe for children and adults are demonstrated with the help of a modern projector.
The museum also introduces children to other exact and natural sciences. On the first floor of the building there is a racing track on which you can compete in speed, driving a racing car. Here, children can get an idea of the electric current or climb into the labyrinth, which will lead them to the second floor of the museum. At this level, there are exhibits, with which you can create various funny effects, observe reactions, control light and sound. In addition, the child can try himself in the role of the driver of a controlled model of a train or play computer games-simulators.
In the city library, most books are in Japanese, but there are also books with so many illustrations that the knowledge of Japanese or another language becomes completely irrelevant.
In the museum building, seminars and other events devoted to science are regularly held for children, as well as concerts, performances and musicals – for this purpose there is a special hall in the building. At the museum there are scientific clubs – for example, the club of fans of radio and children’s club of the Japanese Institute of Inventions and Innovations.