It’s getting emotional as more and more places in Abu Dhabi begin to open again.
One such place is Louvre Abu Dhabi’s Children’s Museum, which opened once on 18 June.
With everybody’s emotions running high since the onset of the pandemic, it seems apt that the fantastic new exhibition that marks the reopening of the Children’s Museum is called Emotions! The New Art Adventure.
And as its name suggest, the exhibition aims to help children identify and explore four main emotions: joy/serenity, sadness, fear and anger.
Combining entertainment and education for children aged four to 10, Emotions! The New Art Adventure features ten artworks and four interactive stations.
“Art can be a powerful medium to both inspire a child’s creativity and add to their emotional wellbeing,” HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), said.
The Children’s Museum is free to all children. You only need to purchase museum admission tickets for accompanying adults for the whole family to access all Louvre Abu Dhabi galleries and exhibitions.
Access to the Children’s Museum is included in the cost of admission, which is free for anyone under 18.
Safety is at the forefront of all activities, of course, with children’s Museum activities featuring touchless components and single-use activity materials.
Capacity limits and social distancing in all Children’s Museum spaces will be adhered to, and regular sanitising stations made available.
The Children’s Museum is an ongoing exhibition platform and extension of Louvre Abu Dhabi’s educational programming.
Since opening in 2017, it has welcomed children and families with three original exhibitions: Travelling Shapes and Colours (2017 –2018), Animals, Between Real and Imaginary (2018 –2019) and A Costume Adventure (2019 –2020).
Taking a gamification approach to education, the museum includes interactive games and activities that engage all the children’s senses, teaches empathy, helps build an understanding of emotions and their expression, while they play and collect achievement points for tasks completed.
Emotions! The New Art Adventure will also be accompanied by an extensive cultural programme that will be available at the museum.
Films focussing on emotions will be screened in the museum’s auditorium on Saturdays — 19 June, 26 June and 3 July.
The films curated by Rinku Awtani include three feature films: The Secret World of Arrietty by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, The Breadwinner by Nora Twomey, and Inside Out by Pete Docter, in addition to five short films; Looks by Susann Hoffmann, 3Feet by Giselle Geney, AMENTI by Kamela Bentouati and Amandine Dazin, Grandpa’s Nursery Rhyme by Yoshiko Misumi and Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry.
In addition, Cherry’s Hair Love will also be projected on the museum’s wall on all three days for visitors and kayakers to enjoy outdoors.
As part of the Children’s Museum main activities, local artists Shaima Al Amri, Ali Kashwani and Maryam Al Atouly have pre-recorded virtual workshops that children can engage in at their own pace.
The workshops will show children how to express feelings through artistic activities, such as drawing, collage and 2D sculpture.
More information about the film screenings is available on the museum’s website, as well as the option to pre-book a place. Louvre Abu Dhabi is open Tuesday – Sunday from 10 am – 6:30 pm; closed on Mondays. Pre-purchased tickets are required to visit the museum. E-tickets can be reserved via the museum’s website.