Past Exhibitions

Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival

May 26, 2018-August 19, 2018

Santa Ana, CA Bowers Kidseum will open Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival in May 2018; a new exhibition to promote understanding of Vietnamese culture.

Children and their parents throughout the country will delight in the opportunity to discover the beauty, sights and sounds of Vietnam through its most important celebration of the year, Tet.

Funded through a highly competitive national initiative by the Freeman Foundation Asian Culture Exhibit Series, and developed by Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose, the Voyage to Vietnam exhibition is traveling to nine children's museums as part of a national tour. Through the initiative, Bowers Kidseum was selected as one of the nine museums nationally to be funded to host Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival for a three-month period. The Freeman Foundation Asian Culture Exhibit Series is funded by the Freeman Foundation, and administered by the Association of Children’s Museums.


Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival showcases traditions, customs and values exemplified by the annual celebration of Tet. Through interactive exhibits, families will immerse themselves in Vietnamese culture, gain appreciation for traditions, values and daily experiences of people who live in Vietnam, and discover similarities and differences between their lives in the U.S. and the lives of children in Vietnam.


Visitors will be welcomed into the exhibit through the New Year gateway, and transported to the Tet Festival in modern day Vietnam.


The immersive Marketplace experience is the perfect place to select traditional flowers and faux food items to prepare for the celebration.


Back in the Home section of the exhibit, families can pose for interactive family photos, dressing up in customary Ao Dai.


Children can try on a giant Lion Dance Mask and engage with the parades, games, and music that allow families to share the festivities with others.

It is perpetually midnight in the Courtyard area of the exhibit where the visitor-created Fireworks burst in the night sky and signal the coming of the New Year.


“The award from The Freeman Foundation made it possible for Children’s Discovery Museum to share our commitment to building global awareness and understanding with children and families throughout the U.S.,” said Children’s Discovery Museum Executive Director Marilee Jennings. “We are extremely grateful for the generosity of The Freeman Foundation and for the enthusiastic support we received from our local Vietnamese Advisory Committee members, who helped us to learn about Vietnamese culture and the importance of Tet. Their commitment to sharing their stories and traditions enabled us to create an exhibit that met the cultural goals of The Freeman Foundation, and will also capture the imagination and hearts of thousands of family visitors around the nation.”


About Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose (CDM)

With over 150 interactive exhibits and programs, Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose (CDM) is one of the largest museums of its kind in the nation. Since opening its doors in 1990, CDM has welcomed over 7 million visitors and has offered new exhibits each year that respond to children's diverse educational needs. The striking 52,000 square foot purple building was designed by Mexico City-based architect Ricardo Legorreta and is a beacon of discovery. CDM inspires creativity, curiosity and lifelong learning through hands-on experiences inviting self-directed, open-ended exploration. For more information about the Museum, visit


About The Freeman Foundation

The Freeman Foundation was established in 1993. This private foundation is committed to increasing and strengthening the understanding of nations in East Asia. A project timeline, an executive summary of Increasing U.S. Children and Families’ Understanding of Asian Cultures: A Final Report, and additional information about the initiative can be found on the ACM website, under the Professional Development tab.

About Association of Children’s Museums (ACM)

In an increasingly complex world, children’s museums provide a place where all kids can learn through play and exploration with the caring adults in their lives. There are approximately 400 children’s museums around the world, which annually reach more than thirty-one million visitors. ACM provides leadership, professional development, advocacy and resources for its member organizations and individuals. To learn more about ACM and to find an ACM-member children’s museum near you, visit


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