On November 21, the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology opened a Discovery room for the public, especially children, to explore and learn about the culture of Vietnam and other countries in the world by interacting with artifacts through sensory experiences, suitable for children at each age. This activity is to celebrate Vietnam Cultural Heritage Day on November 23.
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology opens the Discovery Room about the culture of Vietnam and the world
The new space is designed to encourage the public to interact with artifacts through sensory experiences with the support of technology. In this way, visitors not only admire and learn information about the artifacts, but also have the opportunity to directly feel, think and share about each artifact through multi-dimensional stories from artisans, museum staff or the visitors themselves.
The Children’s Discovery Room and the Multimedia Room are special galleries just for children designed in the form of games, story exploration through each sub-theme, hands-on experiences, and a combination of using modern audio-visual aids. Activities are arranged in accordance with age and receptivity to stimulate curiosity and help children learn while having fun and entertainment. The highlight of the Discovery Room is to encourage children to make the most of their senses, being able to hold, touch, smell, and hear to feel and discover artifacts of ethnic groups in Vietnam and around the world.
The Discovery Room designs dynamic spaces to serve the diverse needs of the public including a permanent space for regular exploration programs, space for thematic activities, dedicated space for organising classes according to the school’s theme. Through this discovery space, children are oriented to find healthy activities and games with high educational value and promote the initiative through sensory experiences, thereby, helping children easily improve their understanding of culture, science and daily life.
The Multimedia Room is considered a data centre through sounds and images about Vietnamese culture and the world. The room has a variety of equipment to serve the needs of watching, listening, reading and singing for domestic and foreign tourists to actively explore. Additionally, the movie viewing activity has eight movie screens with their own headphones, the content features topics such as festivals, customs, crafts, folk music, performing arts and daily life of the ethnic groups in Vietnam; Visitors can listen and feel the sound through the headset system and learn about traditional instruments from four music discovery boxes; as well as use two karaoke boxes to sing folk songs and lullabies of ethnic groups in Vietnam.
The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology hopes that this new cultural space will connect with a wide range of the public, especially young people. Young people not only have the opportunity to study at the museum but also come here with a love of cultural heritage. The museum is also expected to become a destination to have fun and relax after a hard day of study.