Friday, June 08, 2007

Kids at the museum

The Tin-Marin Museum is a children's museum in San Salvador. It is a fun and interactive learning center that is divided into four areas; culture, technology, environment, and health. Kids can paint a VW, make paper, practice balance in the Gravity house, sit in the cockpit of a 727, and dozens of other activities.

While surfing blogs from El Salvador, I came across this great entry from Laura, a Peace Corps volunteer in Ahuachapan, about a trip with local kids to the museum:

a couple of kids said they'd never gone anywhere but ataco or ahuachapán....that this was the first time they'd been anywhere outside of their backyard. we pulled into the museum parking lot and their faces just lit up, like they'd just arrived at some magical place that only existed in their dreams. imagine what it was like once we got inside.....
Read the entire entry here and see the great pictures of Laura's kids and their day at the museum.


Rusty said...

Tin Marin is a great resource for the children of El Salvador, and the museum organizers truly do a good job of reaching out to ALL of El Salvador's children. Also, just down from Tin Marin in Parque Cuscatlan is the newly opened Sala Nacional, which is free and open to the public. The Sala has changing exhibits of Salvadoran art, and recently had an amazing exhibit of wooden sculpture. Tin Marin and the Sala Nacional are perhaps small but important steps to rejuvenating what was once San Salvador's historical and cultural center, since both of these national cultural sites lie in a part of the city that had become run down in the previous decades. If you venture to the Sala or Tin Marin, take a moment to contemplate the memorial to civilians killed in the war as well. All three of these places go a long way to restoring the national unity of the country, since they cater to all Salvadorans regardless of class, politics, or religion (civilian victims of guerrillas and the military are listed side by side in the memorial).

El-Visitador said...

Isn't it great?

The Museum, which opened its doors on October 29th, 1999, was founded by Jacqueline Laffite Bloch, who is Honduran. She is now widow of Bloch, the late great businessman.

The Museum was built 100% through the kindness of private individuals and the generosity of private enterprises such as TACA.

Anonymous said...

It is wonderful that such steps are taken to build pride in El Salvador. This is about the Salvadoran people, who are more than a particular political party or certain belief system. As Rusty said "cater to all Salvadorans regardless of class, politics or relgion." The children are our future and we must care for them in all ways.