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Seoul’s Picasso Hands-On Museum for Kids

January 22, 2010

Finding places to play with kids while in Seoul can be a challenge. There are no parenting magazines in the city, no single outlet you can go to find lots of information in English. Only by devoting lots of time to the search can you actually make some exciting discoveries of fun places to visit that are off the general tourist circuit. The great thing about Seoul is that there really is so much to do. Finding it is the only challenge.

Take this wonderful, hands-on Picasso art museum, for example. Found in Yongsan, across the street from the USO is the CROWN building. In the basement of the CROWN building you’ll find this delightful place to play with kids. The only indication that there is something of interest in the basement is this colorful sign. However, if you don’t read Korean, you’ll likely be unaware that this site is for kids. Being curious as I am, I took my kids through the glass door and down two flights of stairs not sure what we’d find at the bottom. Once inside we were delighted to find a beautiful space for kids separated into six different zones and all designed with the idea of introducing Picasso’s art and style to kids.
A room of mirrors allows visitors to see their reflection and understand the idea behind Picasso’s cubist art.
A wall of magnets made from scraps of fabric with varying types of textures, colors and sizes can be rearranged on the wall in any wild combination.
Reproductions of several of Picasso’s creations are on display at child-level in a cozy zone all to itself.
A projection room shows a short show about Picasso.
A room with a large-sized reproduction of Picasso’s Seated Woman painting, serves as a model for children to copy using giant floor pillows, each cut to represent on of the shapes on the painting.
And, finally, there is a craft room where children can participate in art activities offered by ladies working at the site.

The website listed on the brochure is: www.art-block.co.kr

However, the site is all in Korean and it’s difficult to get much info about the exhibit.

This experience is set up to accommodate groups of school children so there are several activity times to choose from.
1. 10:00 ~ 10:50
2. 11:00 ~ 11:50
3. 12:00 ~ 12:50
4. 14:00 ~ 14:50
5. 15:00 ~ 15:50
6. 16:00 ~ 16:50

The phone number is (02) 709-7403, 709-7425

This exhibit ends February 28, 2010, so be sure to visit soon.

What makes this outing even more exciting is the Box Art exhibit going on in the Lobby of the same building. More on that in the next post.

Look for the Pink Alligator outside the front of the Crown Building.

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