The Holon Children’s Museum is one of the most popular educational museums in the Middle East. It has been home to the very popular “Dialog in the Dark” and “Invitation to Silence” exhibits and has now opened the third chapter in this series, “Dialogue with Time.
The Museum, located just outside Tel Aviv, is known for its trademark form of interactive education. “Dialog in the Dark” utilized blind guides, “Invitation to Silence” used deaf guides, and now “Dialogue with Time” is using elderly guides. The series strives to instill visitors with an appreciation for the challenges of the handicapped using a combination of fun and educational simulations. Throw in some hands-on activities, games and discussions and visitors are treated to the whole experience, all of which is led by museum guides over the age of 70!
Museum visitors are invited to simulate the experiences of the elderly in a room that presents a number of physical challenges that accompany aging, such as coping with reduced muscle strength and memory and hearing loss. A highly interactive approach is encouraged and visitors are invited to reveal prejudices about the elderly. For instance, in one area of the exhibit, visitors are encouraged to give their opinions about their perceptions of an elderly person’s fitness for sensitive jobs like airline pilots or ritual circumcisers.
All of the exhibits are designed to be experienced in groups comprised of adults and children 12 years and older, and promises a dynamic mix that is very often humorous and always revealing! The “Dialogue with Time” exhibit was developed by Andreas Heinecke and Orna Cohen. They also developed the first two exhibits in this series and have contributed in the design of similar presentations at other leading institutions around the world.
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