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2 Million People Visited Asian Culture Exhibits at 28 Children’s Museums

Association of Children’s Museums Announces 2017 Tour Schedule

ARLINGTON, Va. (November 30, 2016) — More than two million visitors at children’s museums across the U.S. have already experienced the Freeman Foundation Asian Culture Exhibit Series, according to the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM). This multi-year initiative promotes cultural understanding among children and their families with five traveling exhibits showcasing life in Asia. The project is coordinated by ACM and funded through a $6 million grant from The Freeman Foundation.

“We’re thrilled the Asian Culture Exhibit Series has struck a chord with children’s museum visitors, showing our field’s vital role in cultural education,” said ACM Executive Director Laura Huerta Migus. “The series is now at its halfway point, and we’ve already exceeded our original goal of two million visitors.”

Launched in November 2014, the five traveling exhibits in the series were produced by ACM museum members. Each focuses on one East or Southeast Asian culture, representing art, culture, and daily life in China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. In addition, a mobile app was created to extend the exhibit experiences and connect all visitors with a broader realm of resources for exploring Asian cultures.

The exhibit series has traveled to 28 museums in 22 states, part of a national tour that will ultimately reach 50 museums in 31 states. The exhibits have traveled to all sizes of communities throughout the U.S., including 13 museums in major cities, 12 museums in suburban locations, and three museums in rural communities. Nearly 78,000 visitors attended as part of a group, and 95,000 attended with free or reduced admission to the museum.

Continuing through 2018, this year’s tour schedule for each of the five exhibits includes:

Children of Hangzhou: Connecting with China
Produced by: Boston Children’s Museum

  • 5/19–9/10/17 Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum (Salt Lake City, UT)
  • 9/23/17–1/7/18 Sciencenter (Ithaca, NY)

Children's China: Celebrating Culture, Character and Confucius
Produced by: The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum

  • 1/14–4/30/17Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago (IL)
  • 6/10–9/17/17 The Children’s Museum of Brownsville (TX)
  • 9/30/17–1/15/18 Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (FL)

Heart and Seoul: Growing Up in Korea
Produced by: Children’s Museum of Houston

  • 1/23–9/8/17 Amazement Square (Lynchburg, VA)
  • 9/25/17–1/5/18 Long Island Children’s Museum (NY)

Hello from Japan!
Produced by: Children’s Museum of Manhattan

  • 6/27–9/4/17 Discovery Center Museum (Rockford, IL)
  • 9/16/17–1/8/18 Discovery Children’s Museum (Las Vegas, NV)

Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival
Produced by: Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose

  • 9/24/16–1/2/17 Family Museum (Bettendorf, IA)
  • 1/14–4/12/17 Exploration Place (Wichita, KS)
  • 6/10–9/9/17 Providence Children’s Museum (RI) S
  • 9/20/17–1/14/18 Children’s Museum and Theater of Maine (Portland)

Exhibit dates are approximate and subject to some variance. To learn more about the Asian Culture Exhibit Series, visit www.asiancultureexhibitseries.org.

About Association of Children’s Museums (ACM)

In an increasingly complex world, children’s museums provide a place where all kids can learn through play and exploration with the caring adults in their lives. There are approximately 400 children’s museums around the world, which annually reach more than thirty-one million visitors. ACM provides leadership, professional development, advocacy and resources for its member organizations and individuals. To learn more about ACM and to find an ACM-member children’s museum near you, visit www.ChildrensMuseums.org.

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