First Museum for Children Opens in Myanmar

The Children’s Museum, in which kids are able to participate and learn in a pro-active way has been opened inside the Bagan Archaeological Museum, according to an official of the Archaeology and National Museum Department in Bagan.

“It aims to share knowledge with children as it is a place to learn where historical facts are stored. It also aims for the children to get familiar with the museum.” the official told to the newspaper Myanmar Times.

It is the first museum for the children in Myanmar and is open daily except Monday and holidays. The museum is free of charge for children.

 “It is arranged in the museum for the children to participate. For example, in a weaving exhibition, children can take part in weaving. and at the musical instrument exhibition, they can play music,” Bagan Archaeological Museum officer-in-charge Daw Babe said.

The museum exhibitions includes architectural works, the palace of King Anawrahta, Myanmar chinlone (traditional balloon playing), weaving, musical performances as well as learning baking traditional Burmese sweets with toddy-palm. According to Bagan museum officer, about 100 children can be welcomed within the museum compound at one time.

“The children can learn from those activities and they will become eager to learn further and understand Myanmar traditional culture. Such a museum is required for children. It will be good if museums like this can be opened in other places. It is not like a museum for adults where people just walk and look. Children can participate here. They will be interested and it will greatly help them,” stated U Aung Win, a bagan local and a father, when interviewed by the newspaper.

Bagan is one of Myanmar most important tourist sites. Located 700km north of Yangon and 290km south west of Mandalay, Bagan area boasts thousands of ancient temples, pagodas and monasteries that were built during the 11th – 13th century. At the height of its rule there were over 10,000 important sites built. Today, the archaeological site numbers around 2,200 pagodas and stupas.

(Source: Myanmar Times)