Queen Rania Tours the Children's Museum with Turkish First Lady

December 02, 2009

(Office of Her Majesty, Press Department - Amman) Starting a three day official visit to Jordan, the President of Turkey Abdullah Gul and his spouse met with their Majesties King Abdullah and Queen Rania, on Tuesday.

 Following the meeting, Queen Rania and Turkish First Lady Hayrunnisa Gul visited the Children's Museum, one of many educational initiatives launched by Her Majesty to enhance the quality of learning, well-being and development of children in Jordan. Accompanied by Nisreen Haram, Director of the Children’s Museum, Queen Rania and Mrs. Gul, explored some of the new exhibits, including the "Red Sea Wonders" display- a representation of the unique corals and profuse marine life inhabiting the reef.

During the tour, the First Lady was also briefed on the programs offered, which include over one hundred and fifty hands-on exhibits as well as innovative multi-media resources and activities, conceived specifically for children of fourteen years and under.

While in Amman, Mrs. Gul will be visiting other educational activities spearheaded by Her Majesty, including a number of schools that have recently been refurbished under the Madrasati program. The Children's Museum was launched by Her Majesty Queen Rania in 2007 as the first interactive and educational institution of its kind in Jordan.

In collaboration with the Ministry of Education, the museum now organizes free weekly visits for public schools across the Kingdom. By creating a fun experience that builds on classroom learning, the museum provides Jordanian children with a greater appreciation of their national identity, exposing them to diverse elements of the Jordanian environment, culture and history. Located within the Al-Hussein National Park on a 20,000 square meters plot of land, facilities include an exhibit hall, a multi-purpose hall, a children's library and IT center, an activity room, an outdoor exhibit area, an outdoor theatre, a museum shop, a birthday room, a café and a planetarium.