Museo Pambata (Childrens Museum) launches three (3) new environment-themed learning spaces last December 2, 2011 (Friday) featuring the Philippine Rainforests and Rice Fields at the Kalikasan section, Coastal Areas at the Karagatan Section, and the Indigenous Medicinal Plants at the Outdoor Herbal Garden.
These newly redesigned and upgraded rooms along with the museum’s comfort rooms were accomplished through a grant from D.M. Consunji, Inc. and Semirara Mining Corporation.
The event started at 10:00am inside the Karapatan Hall with Museo Pambata Executive Director Maricel Montero as host of the event. Museo Pambata President and CEO Nina Lim – Yuson Ph.D. gave the Welcoming Remarks while Museo Pambata Honorary Chairman and Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim and D.M. Consunji, Inc. Founder and Chairman David M. Consunji gave their short but very meaningful messages.
CEO Nina Yuson mentioned that the Museo Pambata is housed in the 100 year-old historical Elks Club building. Mayor Lim awarded rights to her and Estefania Aldaba-Lim for the creation of a Museum for Children.
Mayor Lim said on his speech that “Tao ang nagbibigay ng buhay sa building..” and praises the works of Museo Pambata Foundation and promised them a 50 year extension.
The rainforest section features topics such as forest destruction, sounds of the forest, the food chain, and a special area on the Philippine eagle where children can stand in front of an eagle’s wings and stretch out their arms to see how wide the haribon’s wingspan is. The section also offers a closer look at Philippine insects, and an area where kids can climb up a wall like spiders (the Web Wall).
The rice field section gives children a closer look at how rice is grown and how we rely on the lowly farmer for our staple food– rice. Not all children know how laborious it is to plant rice. “In this section, we hope to make children aware about the importance of rice not only because it is our staple food but because it provides livelihood to our farmers,” Yuson adds. Children can try planting rice seedlings on a pretend-rice field. Also featured in this section are the different varieties of rice and the “bahay kubo,” the traditional Filipino house surrounded by vegetables.
In the the marine section or Karagatan, children can put on costumes and headpieces and
pretend to be sea cretures. In here, they can also discover that the mangroves, or the “bakawan” like the rainforest, is home to many different kinds of animals.
The Kalikasan, Karagatan, and herbal garden were created by Museo Pambata’s team of
exhibit developers led by MP President Nina Lim-Yuson, Exhibits Director Joseph de Vera, and Exhibits Consultant Rinnah Sevilla. Gino Gonzales is the creative designer, with interactive exhibits designed and fabricated by Rubbertree Design Inc.
MORE ABOUT MUSEO PAMBATA…
WHAT IS THE MUSEO PAMBATA?
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. 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!
Museo Pambata is a non-stock, non-profit organization certified by the Philippine Council for NGO Certification (PCNC), with revenues from investment income; contributions and grants from individuals, groups, foundations, corporations, and government agencies; earned income; and admissions income.
Tuesday – Saturday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (August to March)
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (April to July)
The museum is open during lunch hours.
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
The museum is closed on Mondays and other official holidays.
General Admission (children and adults) - P 100.00
Manila residents - FREE (with valid ID) on Tuesdays and 50% off on other days
HOW TO GET THERE?
For more information, visit www.museopambata.org.