Religion in Museums

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Teaching about religion in a children’s museum

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The Muslim Times

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INDIANAPOLIS (RNS) The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the largest children’s museum in the world, may be a place for fun, but it has also addressed difficult subjects, including the Holocaust, segregation and AIDS. For the past few months, the museum has taken on yet another potentially controversial subject: world religions.

“We knew when we started planning this not many places are willing to even tackle a conversation about religion, and so it would be challenging,” the museum’s director of collections, Chris Carron, told the PBS television program “Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.

Despite the challenges, the “Sacred Journeys” exhibit has been well-received.

“We went into this expecting the worst might happen … and what we’ve experienced in many ways is the best,” Carron said.

A statue of the Hindu deity Ganesh. Photo by Susan Goldstein/Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly

The exhibit is a partnership with National Geographic, funded by the Lilly Endowment. It follows children and families of several faiths as they…

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