Museum Exhibit Aims to Make Kids Comfortable with the Hospital

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May 29, 2014

The University of Virginia and the Virginia Discovery Museum celebrated the opening of an exhibit designed to make kids comfortable with going to the hospital.

The UVa Children's Hospital is opening an exhibit in the Virginia Discovery Museum in Charlottesville. The exhibit is a replica of one of the clinic rooms in the Battle Building at UVa Children's Hospital.

"[It] will empower all of the children of our community to learn about their physiology [and] biology and have interactive, imaginative play in a hospital setting without any of the fears that might be associated with that," said the Virginia Discovery Museum Executive Director Amy Wicks-Horn.

Kids can play with stethoscopes, take blood pressure, and more to learn about the human body and feel comfortable with a doctor's office.

"In the museum field, often what we're trying to do is create hands-on, engaging exhibits where families can interact together and help children learn," explained Wicks-Horn.

"Hopefully, it'll help alleviate some of the fears that kids have with visiting the doctor if they can come here beforehand," said UVa Marketing and PR specialist Angela Taylor. "So they can know that these things, it won't hurt them."

"We can't wait to see kids dressing up as doctors. They have little stethoscopes, little knee braces, arm slings, you name it, the exhibit has it. And kids will learn, A-Z, all about UVa as well," said the Virginia Discovery Museum Executive Director Amy Wicks-Horn.

The Battle Building will consolidate outpatient children's care. It opens in two weeks.

The replica at the Discovery museum opens May 30.



 
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