2016

Educational Programs

National Museum of Natural Science

Educational Programs
Education is the responsibility of a museum to society, and its foremost duty. The ultimate purpose of a museum is to attract visitors, encourage their curiosity, and then expand their horizons. If it can be said that the collection is the “heart” of a museum, then education is its “spirit”. The museum works to expand contact with visitors at many levels and through a variety of approaches, to create an effective learning environment.

The educational programs of this museum are meant to complement the public’s everyday or real life experiences, as well as to satisfy individual interests and needs. Through the use of exhibits, its collection, research achievements, objects, specimens, models and instruction, the museum’s educational programs address current issues, cultivate the habit of using the museum’s facilities and raise the public’s interest in science.

With the above concepts in mind, educational programs are designed for teachers, general audiences, student groups and families. The public is able to access the museum‘s education function through such channels as symposiums, lectures, demonstrations, guided tours, field trips, children’s activities, traveling events, community services, consultation services and publications, etc., all of which are extremely popular.

The Naturalist Center, located next to the 3-D Theater, allows visitors to use some of the museum’s collection and research resources.
Visitors can learn about nature and cultures using zoological, botanical, geological and archaeological specimens and ethnological objects, as well as make use of equipment such as microscopes and reference materials.

The Classroom Theaters were designed to combine entertainment with learning. Audiovisual equipment, such as film projectors, slide projectors, overhead projectors, models and diagrams are utilized extensively. In addition, live animals, specimens, reproductions and experimental equipment are made available for the presenter’s and audience use. Audience involvement makes the classroom theater a lively and interesting learning environment.

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