10-Storey Museum of Solutions to Open in Mumbai on November 26, Why is It a Go-To Destination For Kids ?
Mumbai: A Museum of Solution (MuSo) is all set to open in Mumbai for childrens on November 26. Starting next Sunday, Mumbai's kids will have a unique encounter—an interactive mangrove tunnel. In this tunnel, surrounded by darkness, they'll witness magical fairy lights resembling fireflies. As they explore, they'll discover various animals and creatures. With the help of an audio device, they'll hear stories about the ecological universe of mangroves.
10 Story Museum
Each creature, like a crab, will share its role in the mangroves, unravelling the story of co-existence and emphasising the importance of preserving these ecosystems. This sensorial tunnel is part of the Museum of Solutions (MuSo), a new 10-story children's museum located inside the Kamla Mills Complex in Lower Parel, scheduled to open on November 26.
MuSo, a non-profit institution founded by Tanvi Jindal Shete, trustee of JSW Foundation, with Michael Peter Edson, co-founder of the UN Live museum in Copenhagen serving as its director, aims to redefine the museum experience for children. It incorporates the best practices from museums worldwide, providing a dynamic space for children to play, explore, learn, and actively engage in finding solutions to real-world problems.
The term 'solutions' at the Museum of Solutions isn't meant to be burdensome for kids. The focus is more on encouraging them to think about finding solutions while having fun, according to the founder. Tanvi Jindal Shete, who spent two years exploring children's spaces worldwide, including San Francisco’s Exploratorium, San Jose’s Tech museum, the London Science Museum, Amsterdam’s NEMO, and Dubai’s OliOli, before initiating MuSo in 2017, describes the idea as experiential learning. The exhibits are designed around real-world problems, which is why it's called the Museum of Solutions.
MuSo features four labs:
Discover Lab: Centred around water, this lab explores mangroves, the Mithi River, and more.Make Lab (8,000 sq ft): In this lab, kids can enhance their design thinking skills through art and technology.Grow Lab: A rooftop garden where children can discover sustainability, the food cycle, and nurture plants.
Play Lab: Here, children explore creativity through various contraptions, engage in an open atelier, and dive into the world of animation and storytelling.
In each lab, children encounter questions that prompt them to shape their ideas. For instance, they may be asked to design a playground for Pia, a girl on a wheelchair who can't access any playground in the city. Another scenario involves a green sea turtle born on Odisha's shores, highlighting issues related to climate change. Through video experiences, children learn about the turtle's journey and the impact of climate change on its nesting beach.
For those focused on present challenges, the 'Discover Lab' presents a rescue mission for a dog named Champs stuck on top of a building in Mumbai. Children must investigate video clips for clues to save Champs, involving interactions with civic officials and understanding administrative processes. The idea is not just finding solutions but also gaining insights into how civic systems operate and the roles played by administrative machinery in public life.
“Children are born curious. How do we nurture that? If they can start empathising, listening to what the problem is, they’ll be doing much better than what we’re doing right now,” says Jindal Shete, as per the TOI report.
Alongside all the bustling activity and adventure, MuSo includes a quieter zone—a child-led 'library of solutions' that "will open with books and games," as mentioned by Edson.
Entry Tickets and Timing Details
The museum has allocated four floors for parking and also has spaces for workshops throughout the year. It will be open seven days a week, and entry fees will be charged, except on Mondays, which will be free for all. Collaborations are in the works to ensure that children from underprivileged communities also have the opportunity to experience the museum. MuSo aims to discard the traditional model, emphasising the need to give children a chance to tackle the world's issues, as adults have faced challenges in resolving them.