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The Children’s Museum is situated inside two striking dome-shaped buildings in Qurum, at the base of the hill where Mumtaz Mahal /Leftbank are located.
It was opened officially on the occasion of Oman’s 20th National Day, 1990 and receives around 50,000 visitors each year.
The museum houses a vast array of interactive scientific displays, aimed at children aged 6 to 12 years old, although younger children will still have great fun playing with the exhibits, even if they can’t yet fully understand the science that is being demonstrated.
Most of the exhibits are hands-on learning tasks, which demonstrate various scientific concepts. For example, arranging a number of movable cogs in to the right position explains the concept of gears.
The child moving their body parts to increase/decrease speed of spinning on a disc displays angular momentum.
There are optical illusions, which trick your brain into seeing something in a different way. A life-size human skeleton and a body with internal parts to arrange, teach about biology. Not to mention the Homunculus which reveals through a grotesque sculpture, the percentage of the brain dedicated to each particular body function.
There are activities to demonstrate many aspects of physics such as reaction times, weight, pressure, speed and force. And what science exhibition would be complete without a plasma ball to play with?
The museum is open from Saturday to Wednesday, 08:30 am to 01:30 pm, and Thursdays from 09:00 am to 01:00 pm.