Explore Muslim Cultures at Omaha Children’s Museum
Over the past few years, I have truly enjoyed exploring different museums, science centers, zoos, and parks within different communities across the Midwest. One museum that our absolute favorite is the Omaha Children’s Museum located in Omaha, Nebraska.
The Omaha Children’s Museum is always changing up their exhibits and every time we have visited, we have never been disappointed! One of the amazing things about exhibits is the fact that it allows our children to immerse themselves in different situations, time periods and cultures. On our most recent visit to the Omaha Children’s Museum, we were able to experience Muslim cultures near and far in their newest exhibit “America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far”.
I was not sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised when we walked into the 3,000 square foot exhibit and discovered all of the hands-on activities they had for the kids and literature on the walls for adults to follow along.
This exhibit consists of five major sections that take you around the world to explore Muslim cultures and are designed for children ages 2-10 years and their families.
A Global Marketplace
This is a fun section where children can pretend to buy and sell spices from Egypt, ceramics from Turkey and rugs from Morocco. Monte had fun pretending he was selling fish at the Zanzibari fish market and of course Amelia was all over the colorful dresses and outfits inspired by the West African tailors in New York.
Monte was extremely intrigued by how spices were made and really connected with seeing the cinnamon sticks and me showing them how they grind them down to make the spice cinnamon which we use a lot in our house!
Trade Routes Area
Learning the different ways people and items traveled was fun. The exhibit consisted of a multi-level Indian Ocean dhow (boat), a Pakistanian truck, and a life-size camel. Not only did the kids enjoyed climbing on these items, but it opened the conversation of how these modes of transportation differ from our country.
The courtyard was a beautiful area that consisted of warm lighting, a ‘water’ fountain where kids were encouraged to write notes of kindness, and a fun game that Monte enjoyed playing that was very similar to Guess Who.
The architecture area offers a projection that shows beautiful images on a 21-foot curved screen and also includes a mosque in Omaha. Amelia enjoyed drawing and tracing her own structures onto paper while Monte loved the ‘puzzle’ of matching the ceramic tiles together.
American Home Area
The American home area was a room filled with objects that were donated by the local Muslim families and organizations. Children can also learn how to write “My name is … ” in 21 different languages spoken by Muslims!
The “America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far” exhibit will be at the Omaha Children’s Museum until April 19, 2020. Throughout the exhibit, several events and visits from artists are scheduled. Take a look at the full schedule here.
Other Fun at the Museum
Now through April 11, 2020, the Diggin’ Dinos will be at the Omaha Children’s Museum which is loaded with hours and hours of fun. We almost had to literally drag the kids out of the dinosaur dig area!
Of course, the Museum offers all sorts of other fun areas including the grocery area, painting windows, ball area, and live science show.
There are a hundred reasons why YOU should plan a trip to the Omaha Children’s Museum. The perfect place to play and explore over Spring Break. That is why we are giving away a Family Admission Pass (admits up to 4 people) to one lucky winner.
One lucky winner will be contacted on Wednesday, February 19.a Rafflecopter giveaway
Omaha Children’s Museum Information
Address | 500 S. 20th Street, Omaha, NE 68102
Website | http://www.ocm.org/
Museum Winter Hours | Monday; Closed | Tues – Fri; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Saturday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Sunday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.