An exhibition focusing on Muslim culture and design around the world is a central feature at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan and is set to be displayed at other venues across the US.
Visitors can use interactive exhibits to ride a camel across the desert or sail a dhow.
The show, called “America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far,” runs until December of this year.
It will open in February 2018 at the Creative Discovery Museum in Chattanooga, Tennessee, followed by a run in 2019 at the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia.
“As a first-of-its-kind exhibition, the content of ‘America to Zanzibar’ is new for most visitors,” said Andrew Ackerman, the museum’s executive director.
“Many parents are eager for their children to experience a broad range of cultures in a deeper way than what they encounter in the media. Our exhibition helps address this need.”
The exhibition includes interactive features like a global marketplace where children can pretend to buy spices from Egypt, ceramics from Turkey and rugs from Morocco.
They can also weigh their catch at the Zanzibar fish market, smell Indonesian fruits, serve Tajik tea and design outfits inspired by West African tailors who work in New York.
“New York City’s Muslim residents make up a vital part of our city’s rich and diverse communities,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
“With ‘America to Zanzibar,’ children will have the chance to learn about Muslim cultures in an engaging and thoughtful way. We only grow stronger when we embrace and celebrate the multitude of cultural backgrounds that make up New York City.”