Together - about the exhibition
Together is an exhibition about how both wonderful and difficult it is to be with others. In a world of caves, mountains and rainbows we invite children and adults to explore and experience hand in hand. Contemporary issues are reflected in more than 1000 objects from the museum's collections. An exhibition that challenges both body, heart and brain!
About the exhibition Together
Together is a playful exhibition that changes. It will be a part of the Museum of World Culture for many years. Together is about the wonders and the difficulties of living together. Based on objects in the museum's collections, the exhibition raises relevant questions for the target audience children 0–12 years with adults. Here, children and adults explore together and play and learn with their body, heart and brain.
What is Together about?
Together focuses on the children's questions. How is it to miss someone? When do I fit into the group? Is it just silly to fight or do we sometimes need to? The different parts of the exhibition allow children and adults to deal with every-day feelings in a playful and pedagogic way. The exhibition has one foot in our time and one in the museum's collection of objects. Over 1,000 objects and their stories have been selected to reflect today's issues.
Theme and adjustment for different ages
The exhibition room is an unknown landscape to explore together, and is made up of places and clearings with different character and temperatures. There are six permanent themes: Fit in, Understanding each other, Agree to disagree, Being without, Move it!, Music and At home. Parts of the content in these themes will be changed annually or gradually. The exhibition also has a seventh theme which is temporary and will be fully replaced every second year. The current temporary theme is Living together. The exhibition has different activities thought to work for different age groups – for the youngest there are exciting surfaces to touch, soft couches and resting areas, and large play sculptures to climb on. Children around 6 years can practice insights about facial expressions by playing charades and board games. For the eldest, there are different strategies for conflict resolution. And some activities suit all ages – like the room with dances from all over the world.
The exhibition is produced to make sure that wheelchair users experience the same enjoyment as others. The texts are adjusted for dyslexics. Read more about the museum's accessibility work here.
Other places in the exhibition:
The Transition – the entrance to the exhibition. A transition room for preparing yourself to go inside and explore the unknown landscape. Here, everyone takes off their shoes and experience using their feet. In exhibition cases along the walls there are plenty of shoes once worn and still used by different people.
Stories Collected– is about the collections of the museum and tells us why they are here together. The old-growth forest is a place with plenty of objects and stories, and lots to explore. A place you can return to many times to explore all the objects.
The Ruin – a place to recharge your batteries and pause for a bit if you need to. A physical place to explore with your whole body. There is also a stage that is sometimes used for different activities connected to the exhibition.
The Mountain – a place to get an overview. From here you can change the exhibition room together in different ways. With binoculars you can explore the objects in the big exhibition case in The Old-growth Forest. You can make light signals and shadows and maybe affect the weather in the scenery.
The Cave – a secret and kind of scary place with gradual darkness. A place for exploring tactile objects together, where you can see with your nose and explore with your hands. This part focuses on touch, smell and sound.
Workshop: Shadows and light – a creative workshop for building new worlds using shadows and light. You can use shadow objects from the collections or different loose objects to create different lights and shadows. In here you can explore the color, density, shape and movement in different objects and things and see how perspectives and angles affect the shadow world. You can create patterns with sand and make shadows of yourself with different colors.
The illustration of the exhibition is made by Dan Berglund