Interactive Children’s Exhibit Opens At Museum

November 26, 2015

The National Museum of Bermuda has a new addition to its collection of exhibits — the Museum Playhouse — which includes 15 interactives allowing children to explore aspects of Bermuda’s maritime history in original and fun ways.

This whimsical interactive children’s exhibit is located in one of the historic military buildings in the lower grounds of the Museum, which is housed in Bermuda’s largest fort—the Keep.

The project was generously sponsored by ACE Foundation-Bermuda and complements the Museum Playground, also sponsored by ACE Foundation-Bermuda, which opened last year.

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The Museum Playhouse uses over 15 interactives to explore aspects of Bermuda’s maritime history in original, fun and unexpected ways.

Through play, toddlers to pre- teens can learn about topics such as historic communication on board ship, pilot gigs, Gombeys, the building of the Royal Naval Dockyard, and Bermuda’s agricultural heyday, as well as learning how to tie nautical knots on a giant sailor’s beard made of rope.

“There is nothing like it on the Island: the Playhouse is fun, creatively designed and aimed to encourage family learning and foster an appreciation of our rich local history at an early age,” says NMB Curator & Deputy Director Elena Strong.

“Today, children are bombarded with tablets and other high tech gadgets so we purposefully avoided electronic interactives and sought inspiration from old fashioned games. However, there is nothing old fashioned about this exhibit!”

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The exhibit was conceptually designed by Bermudian designers and artists Russell DeMoura and James Cooper working closely with the NMB Curatorial Department. Russell DeMoura also did the graphic design.

The end result is a wildly creative educational exhibit that children and adults will both enjoy. The exhibit also includes commissioned work by local artists Emma Sloan and Sami Lill of Uber Super Duper, which adds to the visual experience.

“ACE Foundation-Bermuda is pleased to support the work of the National Museum of Bermuda,” said Lori Samson, Chair, ACE Foundation-Bermuda.

“The Museum Playhouse and Playground have not only provided a fun, adventurous and educational experience for our local children to connect with Bermuda’s history, but the project also restored a 19th century military building and is a wonderful addition to Bermuda’s cultural tourism and family education resources.”

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The Museum is free for children under 16, Adults $10 [special rate while Commissioner’s House is closed for hurricane repairs and restoration], Seniors $8. Admission includes Museum Playhouse and Playground.

Museum is open 9.30am – 5pm [last admission 4pm] but moving to winter hours starting December 1, 2015 10am–4pm [last admission 3pm]. To find out about memberships and the work of the Museum visit:

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  1. mommaoftwo says:

    Very nice! Looking forward to taking my kids. Hopefully all schools will take students on a field trip to the museum.

  2. Lisa Howie says:

    Congratulations Elena, Russell and James! The space looks terrific! The interactive children’s exhibit you have created feels like the precursor to a fully dedicated children’s art museum.

  3. Lisa Howie says:

    Excuse me: Well done Emma and Sami!

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