dome-shaped Children's Museum, located near Qurum Nature Park
off Sultan Qaboos Street Pictures
by Abdullah Ibrahim al Shuhi
you've ever wondered what the dome-shaped building near Qurum
Nature Park is all about, then a visit to this curious-looking
structure is in order, albeit with your children in tow.
For, this fine edifice houses the Children's Museum
a place designed to arouse the scientific curiosity of even the
least inclined children.
fact, visit to these precincts promises children an evening of
learning and fun.
museum opened eight years ago during the country's 20th National
Day as a generous gesture to children from His Majesty the Sultan.
Since then, children, teachers or parents come to visit this institution
of educational amusement.
Childrens Museum promises visitors an evening of learning
and fun, writes Jeanina Santiago
Ahmed al Raisi, manager of the Children's Museum
university students, technical students and researchers visit
the facility to enjoy the fascinating and even amusing explanations
to simple scientific phenomena.
year, around 50,000 visitors 70 per cent of them children
visit the museum.
with a scientific temper would perhaps enjoy the visit more
than those without.
instance, one set of displays, called 'Eye Spy', are in fact
perception panels with illusions designed to offer some insight
into how your eyes and brain see things differently.
are lots of other devices and paraphernalia that are meant to
stimulate scientific thought or understand basic scientific phenomena
at the museum, you can experience a fake electric shock,
trigger a lightning bolt, view a 'haunted' dancing ball,
launch a hot air balloon, photograph your own shadow, catch
an elusive marble, see microscopic specimens, send a message
through a whisper dish
and more! Samirah Ahmed al Raisi,
a former primary school teacher, has been running the museum
for the last six years.
like children very much, so it's fun around here,"
she says of her job. She has the help of seven cheerful
guides who generally help make a tour of the museum a stimulating
and memorable one for children.
guide explains the secret behind a plasma ball experiment
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