ZOOM Children's Museum Vienna ... and all senses come into play
Hands on, minds on, hearts on! At ZOOM Childrens Museum Vienna, children are welcome to ask questions, to touch and to feel, to examine and to play
to their hearts desire. At ZOOM, children explore the world with all their senses, on their own or in small teams. In
their own individual way, they zoom in on objects and situations and, by doing so, find out about themselves and discover
their own skills, abilities and creativity. In ZOOMs exhibitions and workshops, the children playfully acquire sensory
impressions and emotive experiences, which set learning processes into motion and allow them to acquire new knowledge. In
contrast to museums for adults, ZOOM invites children to touch and try out exhibits and, through the sense of touch, take
possession of the world. Play comes first at ZOOM and makes learning an individual process enhancing childrens creativity.
Exhibitions and Workshops
The way children acquire knowledge is quite different from that of adults. The exhibitions and workshops available at ZOOM
take childrens special requirements into account, both in terms of their design and thematic focus. At their centre
are children aged 0 to 14. But the adults who accompany them are welcome to actively participate in the programmes, too. On
a floor space of 1600 sqm, ZOOM Childrens Museum offers four different areas:
ZOOMs interactive Exhibition introduces children from 6 to 12 to key topics in the areas of the sciences, art, architecture and everyday culture in ways
that engage all senses. Through play, the children find answers to questions such as: What is sculpture? How do astronauts
sleep in a space station? What do music and mathematics have in common? Do archaeologists really dig for bones?
At ZOOM Studio, children from 3 to 12 work with visual artists to playfully explore various artistic techniques. In the workshops, the children
paint, cut, build, spray, assemble, make felt, glue, paste, mould, shape and lots more.
At ZOOM Animated Film Studio, ZOOMs multimedia lab, children and teenagers from 8 to 14 take the roles of screen writers, directors, cinematographers,
photographers and sound engineers. With the help of state-of-the-art technology, they create animated films, 3D animations
as well as sound collages and pop songs.
ZOOM Ocean, one of ZOOMs permanent areas, is a colourful and varied adventure ground and play area for young children from 0 to
6. Its two levels, the Underwater World and The Ship, with a variety of unique playable objects and
exhibits, invite the museums youngest visitors to play, stimulating motor skills as well as cognitive and social abilities
in ways that take the needs of the various age groups into account.
ZOOMs new umbrella brand, ZOOM Science, is all about introducing children to science. Many past programmes of ZOOM Childrens Museum have already placed special
emphasis on conveying knowledge through play. It is these activities ? exhibitions, ZOOM Lab, ZOOM Studio, childrens
lectures ? that ZOOM Science will serve to bring together, strengthen and further expand on.
Children and Art
ZOOM Childrens Museum was established in 1994 as Austrias first museum for children. In 2001, ZOOM moved to its
present premises at Viennas MuseumsQuartier, making ZOOM not only a focal point of childrens culture in Vienna but also part of one of the worlds largest cultural complexes. ZOOM is an independent institution, unaffiliated
to other museums in terms of its structure or thematic focus. Its unique location at the heart of an exceptional cultural
district has had a major influence on ZOOMs orientation: More oriented towards the arts than many other childrens
museums, ZOOM has become a centre of interaction between children and artists. Artists from a number of different disciplines
work with the children on topics relating to science, everyday culture, sociology, philosophy and, of course, the arts. Artists
and scientists collaborate in the development of the programmes offered by ZOOM. And it is visual artists and committed young
architects who create a large part of ZOOMs objects and installations. Experts of the senses, they manage to keep surprising
us with original and playful ideas.
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