Today we went to the Children’s Museum, which occupies a 20,000 square meters of Al-Hussein Park. I spotted its three brightly colored buildings last week and went up to check it out, but it was closing for the day so we went back there this afternoon.
At first, they had their reservations about letting us in as we didn’t have any children with us, but then they let us in anyway :)
The Children’s Museum, designed to “inspire children 14 and under”, is the first hands on and interactive institution of its kind in Jordan, and the biggest children’s museum in the Middle East. It has more than 150 interactive exhibits, with themes that include: health and fitness, astronomy, geology, the environment, creativity, civilization, mechanics, robotics, light and optics, mathematics, air and flight, and communication.
The exhibits are actually pretty cool, children (and I guess adults) can do many activities from reconstructing dinosaurs to fixing a car to taking off in a flight simulator to using solar energy to fly a superhero. The museum is also brilliantly designed to the smallest details, its very colorful and appealing, the exhibits are entertaining and well-designed, the graphics are brilliant. Does anyone know who designed the museum? The architects, the designers, etc? The staff is also quite friendly, and the children seemed to be having a heck of a time.
We stayed for hours as some of the exhibits are so amusing and entertaining that they managed to inspire us, and when we left, the receptionist who was reluctant to let us in told us that we stayed longer than the kids usually do and that they “hope to see us again”.
I would definitely recommend checking it out, and for those interested, its open from 10:00 am to 6:00 PM on weekdays and 10:00 am to 7:00 pm on Fridays. It is closed on Tuesdays. It costs three JDs per person, and its a nonprofitable organization, where all proceeds go towards the museum’s operations and programs.
Here are some pictures of the museum, unfortunately, I couldn’t take pictures of everything as my camera died on me, but I guess these should do.
For more pictures and information about the museum, check out my post about it on 7iber.