On Saturday, 13th of July, we accepted an invitation to the Louvre Abu Dhabi Children Museum. I love the idea of going to old and historical places, but the term “museum” was a new concept for the children.
I have always had this remarkable ability to enjoy the company of myself. Many of my friends would wonder; how do I do it? Probably because human innate nature, seeking companionship, not me, I have always enjoyed my loneliness.
This picture marks a year ago of when I visited the Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi. The museum is designed as a seemingly floating dome structure with beautiful artifacts, statues and even words that take you to a different world. You can gaze at the mesmerizing collection that encompasses Egyptian carvings to works by Leonardo Da Vinci and Picasso.
The rays of sunlight passing through the palm trees were capable enough to soothe my soul. It was actually my first time to visit the museum on my own as I needed to recharge my energy from the exhaustions of life and I had no regrets at all!
Growing up and having a bigger family, the concept of “companionship” grew with me to include my children. It is not merely about me anymore. To say the least, they are like my shadows everywhere I go. Their companionship is my source of happiness and joy and every weekend I try to create new memories with them in different locations.
I cannot deny the fact that we are fortunate enough to be living in a city like Abu Dhabi. It is a city that combines sophistication from the West and Arab intimacy from the East with a beautiful sense of authenticity. How lucky am I? I really do not need to travel to France to experience visiting the spectacular Louvre Museum!
On our way to the museum, I explained to them what they would expect to see there. I told them that they will find beautiful paintings and nice drawings and that they will learn about art and history.
As soon as we arrived, we talked about the beautiful architecture that was in the shape of a dome, which was built above the sea!
I was very impressed by the design of the first station in the museum; a digital game attracts the attention of the new generation. Accessing them through a familiar technique is something to be commended for. The digital game was about artwork and matching of drawings. After that, we climbed over a net to reach the second floor. I had to hide my fear of heights in front of the children to encourage them to keep on going. The first activity we did on the second floor was trying out costumes deriving from diverse cultures, different historical ages and countries. The children were over the moon and very excited. On the same floor, there was a corner especially set for children aged 3 and under with the same idea.
Finally, it is when we reached our favorite spot in the museum; the reading corner. With its breath-taking panoramic sea view, time flew quickly as we read some beautiful stories and spent about two hours in the museum.
I highly recommend living this experience to both children and adults. So, if you plan to visit the UAE never miss it out on your agenda and if you are a resident, what are you waiting for! Children under 13 are admission free and fees for adults are only AED 60. For lovers of art and history, I wish you a pleasant visit to Louvre of Abu Dhabi.
Written by Mera Horani from @ummahat_blog
Editing & translation credit goes to Nadia Dahbour