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Museum Wing for Children Opens

To encourage museum-going at a young age, a children's wing at the National Museum of Singapore has officially opened.

SINGAPORE: To encourage museum-going at a young age, a children's wing at the National Museum of Singapore has officially opened.

PLAY@National Museum of Singapore is designed to target children aged three to seven.

The new wing is divided into three main sections -- Explore, Create and Perform.

Explore encourages children to discover local history in a fun way.

Activities centre on photography, food, film and fashion.

And for young budding artists, an activity room allows them get their hands dirty, and create their own works of art.

A performing arts room, which has a stage, also lets children unleash their creative potential.

Officiating at the opening, Minister for Culture, Community, and Youth, Lawrence Wong said this new wing is one step in a broader process to reach out to children.

"We are doing, for example, programmes at the pre-school level as well to get our very young children interested in arts and culture and heritage, so that we can start this sense of a museum-going culture even from young," he said.

"Hopefully then when our children grow up they will continue to appreciate Singaporean culture, they will continue to have this habit of going to the museums. And through that, I think they will also get to learn and appreciate more about who we are, and about our heritage and our past." 

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