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NYC Children's Museum Celebrates Muslim Diversity
by Ramon Taylor
Imagine a place where children can steer a dhow boat across the Indian Ocean, sell Egyptian spices and Moroccan rugs, hop on a camel and embark across the Sahara. "America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far" is a groundbreaking interactive museum exhibit in the heart of New York City that lets kids do just that: explore the A-to-Z of Muslim cultures.
The Children's Museum of Manhattan (CMOM), established in 1973, is a hands-on cultural destination for families committed to nurturing "the next generation of global citizens."
CMOM's executive director, Andrew Ackerman, says the addition of the Muslim cultures exhibit allows families an opportunity to discuss unity and diversity within the same tradition — a factor he says is crucial for developing young minds.
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