The Children’s Island
A Playful Approach to Learning in the Permanent Exhibition
The Children’s Island is located at the end of the permanent exhibition on the first level. It seeks to answer the question, "What is a museum actually for?" A museum collects objects instead of throwing them away because these objects can teach us how people have lived in the past and live in the present.
The colorful display cases feature mini-exhibitions on rotating topics, such as the major Jewish holidays and dietary laws. Sometimes the objects recount a moment of history, from Levi Strauss’s invention of blue jeans to the ocean voyage of Fritz Freudenheim, who was forced to flee Germany at age twelve in 1938.
Hands-on "touch-and-feel" boxes containing objects from different areas of Jewish life invite children to explore. There is also a giant puzzle made of blocks that double as seats. Anyone who would like to enrich our collection with a handmade picture has a chance to do so here.