We’ve been dreaming about traveling to Japan lately. One child-friendly place I don’t want to miss is the Hakone Open-Air Museum. Visiting a conventional museum can be tricky, but this is a museum where my child can wander and play and explore to his heart's delight. And so can I!
"Floating Sculpture" by Marta Pan (1969)
"Miss Black Power" by Niki De Saint Phalle (1968)
"Engraved Wind" by Flow Masayuki (1979)
The museum is particularly child-friendly. They offer a special map for children incorporating a finding game; it includes a stylus which “reads” the name of each piece when it’s pointed to on the map.
Interactive Children's Map
Children are also admitted for free on Saturdays. Many of the sculptures are interactive, including an indoor play area, a big outdoor maze, a spiral staircase enclosed by stained glass and glitter, and a giant sculpture made from colorful netting.
Forest Castle Bubble (left) and and The Net (right)
I love The Museum's description of The Net (as translated by Google):