The Magic Bean children’s museum is something I came across during my time interning at the Madison Children’s Museum.
From the exhibits design firm Jack Rouse’s website
"Located near Chaoyang Park in Beijing, the Magic Bean House children’s museum has quickly become a popular destination for families with younger children, and hopefully will serve as an inspiration for the development of more children’s museums in China in the coming years. With colorful environments themed around classic fairytales and Chinese proverbs, the museum features a number of exhibit areas specifically designed to engage and educate young children up to eight years old."
Unfortunately this museum has apparently closed since I initially tried to contact them. What a shame seeing as the exhibits looked welcoming, interesting, and above all SUNNY!
On a related note there seems to be mixed feelings about Children’s Museums in China. Many Chinese parents like this one have become smitten with children’s museums while visiting the U.S., and are on the look out for something similar in China. (It’s worth a google translate if you don’t read Chinese charaters!)
A commonly visited location seems to be the children’s section of the China Science and Technology Museum, but as you can see in the article posted above, parents used to the hands on approach of children’s museums in the US are surprised to find myriad “DO NOT TOUCH” and “DO NOT ENTER” signs within the children’s museum.
While it is to be expected that some things in museums are off limits (especially ones housing collections), it seems like a glaring flaw to design a children’s area to be simply observed and not interacted with by little visitors.
Hopefully next time I am in China I will get a chance to visit some children’s museums and provide first hand information! Has anybody brought their small fries to a museum in China before?