Home is designed to bring children and families together to examine the insides and outsides of Chinese, Japanese and Hmong homes. With a focus on cooking and food, gardening, and/or play in each culture. Over the past twenty years, the Freeman Foundation has majorly invested in developing a greater appreciation of Asian cultures and histories in the United States in partnership with the Association of Children’s Museum (ACM).
Home, a modular (different exhibit units) exhibit of the Freeman Foundation Asian Culture Exhibit Series (FFACES) in partnership with the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM), is designed to bring children and families together to examine the insides and outsides of Chinese, Japanese, and Hmong homes. Basically, miniature homes that children and families can climb into, play with, and explore!
With a focus on cooking and food, gardening, and/or play in each culture, children can pretend to water and grow plants on a Beijing balcony garden, cross over a koi pond, create origami, design a story cloth, or BBQ for a Hmong festival in this immersive display of three unique Asian homes.
ACM stands for the Association of Children’s Museums, the foremost professional society supporting children’s museums in developing rich environments that stimulate children’s natural playfulness, curiosity, and creativity. With more than 470 members in all 50 states and in 19 countries.
Did you know Santa Fe Children’s Museum is a member of ACM? In fact, if you become a member of SFCM, you can use your membership at other Museums across the US and beyond and receive 50% off admission. A great perk of being a member of SFCM!
The Freeman Foundation was established in 1993 by Mansfield Freeman. This private foundation is committed to increasing and strengthening the understanding of nations in East Asia. Over the past twenty years, the Freeman Foundation has made a major investment to help children learn about and understand East Asian cultures.
The modern Hmong reside mainly in Southwest China ( Guizhou, Yunnan, Sichuan, Chongqing, and Guangxi) and countries in Southeast Asia such as Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar.
The “H” is silent. Sounds like “muhng“.
Children will learn about East Asian cultures and histories, particularly in relation to the home, both the interior traditions, including cooking techniques and games, and the exterior, including gardening and growing of produce. This exhibit focuses on Japan, China and the Hmong region.
Home is family friendly, and will help foster play and learning together. And, just like the Children’s Museum, the exhibits are geared toward a 0-8 years.
No, this exhibit is included with museum admission!
Our regular programs, Wee Wednesday, Seeds and Sprouts, Fine Art Friday and Science Saturday will incorporate activities, educational materials and information from these cultures.
We will host this exhibit for at least six months, and maybe longer. Although not a permanent installation, we have some flexibility to host the exhibit longer, if the public is interested.
Yes! The gift shop will be stocking special toys and snacks related to this exhibit.
Yes we appreciate any feedback which you wish to share. You may do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.