Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival
Providence Children’s Museum will host Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival from Friday, June 16 - Monday, September 4, a new exhibition to promote understanding of Vietnamese culture. Children and their caregivers throughout the country will delight in the opportunity to discover the beauty, sights and sounds of Vietnam through its most important celebration of the year, Tet.
Funded through a highly competitive national initiative by the Freeman Foundation Asian Culture Exhibit Series, and developed by Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose, the Voyage to Vietnam exhibition is traveling to nine children's museums as part of a national tour. Through the initiative, PCM was selected as one of the nine museums nationally to be funded to host Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival for a three-month period. The Freeman Foundation Asian Culture Exhibit Series is funded by the Freeman Foundation, and administered by the Association of Children’s Museums.
Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival showcases traditions, customs and values exemplified by the annual celebration of Tet. Through interactive exhibits, families will immerse themselves in Vietnamese culture, gain appreciation for traditions, values and daily experiences of people who live in Vietnam, and discover similarities and differences between their lives in the U.S. and the lives of children in Vietnam.
Some things to do in Voyage to Vietnam
Visitors will be welcomed into the exhibit through the New Year gateway, and transported to the Tet Festival in modern day Vietnam. The immersive Marketplace experience is the perfect place to select traditional flowers and faux food items to prepare for the celebration. Back in the Home section of the exhibit, families can pose for interactive family photos, dressing up in customary Ao Dai. Children can try on a giant Lion Dance Mask and engage with the parades, games, and music that allow families to share the festivities with others. It is perpetually midnight in the Courtyard area of the exhibit where the visitor-created Fireworks burst in the night sky and signal the coming of the New Year.