Museo Pambata (MP) received a special citation from the jury of the recently-held First Children's Museum Award - the only non-European shortlisted candidate, and the only one which received a Special Commendation from the jury. Amsterdam's Tropenmuseum was the declared winner, being the oldest, and a pioneer in children's museum advocacy and operation.
The citation for Museo Pambata read as follows: “The Jury of the Children's Museum Award takes great pleasure in confirming that the Museo Pambata, Manila, is commended for inspiring the creation of new children's museums in the Philippines and Asia, and is congratulated warmly on this achievement.” Representing MP at this significant event was Mrs. Marie Luarca-Reyes, wife of Philippine Ambassador to Italy Virgilio Reyes, who received the award from HRH Princess Sibilla of Luxembourg at the Palazza Pepoli in Bologna, where an International Children’s Book Fair was being held.
"This is a dream come true," says MP President and CEO Nina Lim-Yuson. "Being recognized by the European Museum Academy and the Hands On! International gives us great encouragement. We likewise honor the European network of children's museums by living up to the best standards in children's museums so that many more children, especially the marginalized, will have the opportunity to learn, imagine and feel great joy.”
The thirteen museums from the nine countries shortlisted for the prestigious award were: FRida & FreD – The Graz Children’s Museum (Austria); Museum Miia-Milla-Manda (Estonia); Labrynth Children’s Museum, and Junges Schloss: The Children’s Museum (Germany); START – Laboratorio di Culture Creative (Italy); Jewish Historical Museum, Tropenmuseum Junior, Children’s Books Museum, and Villa Zebra (The Netherlands) Museo Pambata (The Philippines); Jamtli (Sweden); Istanbul Toy Museum (Turkey); and Discover Children’s Story Centre (United Kingdom).
Museo Pambata opened in 1994 and has welcomed as many as five million children since. The museum reaches out to underserved children, especially in the City of Manila. Its interactive exhibits are periodically changed and updated such as the Career Options room "When I Grow Up, I Want To Be...", as there is a strong need to give children role models in different fields of work. The museum is also known for its programs where children learn culture and arts through dancing, shadow puppetry, storytelling. The museum also has a Children's Advocacy Program where children serve as peer educators. MP has also organized two international conferences under the banner of the Asian Children's Museum Conference. It's first conference theme was "Children's Museums as Bridges of Peace" held in 2008 and most recently "Children and Climate Change" held in February 2-4, 2012 in Manila.
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The Children’s Museum Award was established by the European Museum Academy and Hands On! International. The Jury looked especially for the creative use of exhibitions and programs with an innovative interpretative approach, which should be meaningful to the relevant age group up to 14 years old.