The Children's Museum of Manhattan
is working to bring Muslim culture to the forefront with its spectacular exhibit America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far
. Officially opened in 2016, the exhibit ended up having an extended run due to its high popularity among parents and children. The exhibit introduces children to Muslim culture through easily relatable, everyday activities like travel, trade, music, food and costume which allows them to interpret and engage with the culture in their own way. "When children learn about others, they learn about themselves," says Senior Exhibit Development Consultant, Ellen Bari. At the heart of the exhibit is the strong belief that by exposing the future generation to world cultures one enables them to become more accepting of diversity. This exhibit is not just demonstrative of a strong ideology; it is also cleverly designed in keeping with the fact that children learn through pretend play. The exhibit captures children's imagination with highlights like a Zanzibari fish market, a Pakistani decorated truck, and a virtual tour of mosques. Muslim culture has manifested itself all across the world and its rich tapestry has extended itself to the United States of America. With this exhibit the Children's Museum of Manhattan not only allows children to engage in a rich cultural learning experience, but also offers Muslim children a reflection of themselves.
Music: Thanam-Kalyani by Professor Dwaram Venkataswami Naidu