The Children's Museum Jordan

Type of Institution: Children Museum
Country: Jordan
Membership Category: Full Members
Email: info@cmj.jo
Fax: 00962 6 541 1379
Telephone: 00962 6 541 1479

 

The Children's Museum Jordan is a non-profit educational organization launched by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah in 2007 to promote informal, interactive, play-based learning within Jordan.

The Museum covers an area of 20,000 square meters, of which, the built area accounts for 7,348 square meters. Facilities include:

  • Indoor Exhibit Hall
  • Outdoor Exhibits Area
  • Multipurpose Hall
  • Art Studio
  • Library and IT Center
  • Outdoor Theatre
  • Museum Shop
  • BirthDay Room
  • Restaurant
  • Geodesic Dome
  • Back-office space (administration, maintenance workshop, warehousing, and security stations).

Mission:

Nurture curious children who love to learn.

Vision:

Become a memorable growing up learning experience for children in Jordan.

Strategic Goals:

  1. Increase national relevance and enhance the role of the Museum within the community by Fully integrating the concept of civic engagement and by addressing the concept of employment readiness through specific programs as well as the integration of 21st century skills across all programs and new exhibits by the end of 2014, to deepen children's understanding of cultural aspects of citizenship as well as their rights in, and responsibilities towards, their communities.
  2. The Museum is working on expanding its accessibility by focusing on outreach to increase the number of families from the governorates benefiting from the Museum's learning experiences.
  3. Enhance the quality of the learning experience for 2-4 year olds thus contributing to national capacity in ECD by scaling up Early Childhood Development programs and exhibits.

What we do

The Children's Museum  provides children between the ages of 2-12 years old with enriching learning experiences through hands-on, interactive exhibits and year-round immersive programs. Hinged on allowing children to discover and explore, the Museum experience is child-led, allowing children to learn about the world around them through hands-on play.

How we work

The children's Museum promotes informal, interactive learning both throughout our Exhibits Hall and though our year-round programs, allowing naturally curious children to explore and discover new ideas through hands-on, independent play.

Program

Our programs support exhibit-based learning within the Museum. They are designed to be fun, exciting and memorable for children, and can take on the form of daily activities, guided demonstrations, interactice sessions, events and branded programs.

Programs adhere to the main leaning areas:

  • Science and Technology
  • Art and esthetic development
  • Life skills and civics
  • Early childhood learning

Achievements

  • The development of a culture of Museums that understands, supports, and promotes the need and best practices of informal, hands-on early childhood education.
  • Increasing partnerships with private sector and public sector entities, rising more donations/grants year-on-year.
  • Curating world class artists and performers and developing robust networks.
  • Expansion in the market of travelling exhibits; the Children's Museum hosted its first travelling exhibit, Color Play, in 2011.
  • Year-on-year increase in the number of visitors, including public access (see below).
  • Year-on-year increase in the number of volunteer hours served.
  • Increasing public access through various public and private partnerships including:
    • Free Public School Visitation Program in cooperation with the Ministry of Education.
    • Free NGO Visitation Program in cooperation with the Ministry of Social Development.
    • UNRWA Free Visitation Program in cooperation with UNRWA and Hikma Pharmaceuticals.
    • Free Open Days in partnership with Bank of Jordan.
    • The Children's Mobile Museum in partnership with Zain & Arab Potash Company.

We are happy to announce that until date we have welcomed over 1,000,000 visitors, over 350,000 completely free of charge!