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Nori’s Big Bash: Children’s Museum welcomes home Nori the dragon Friday

This Friday, August 30, 2019, Nori, the dragon at Providence Children’s Museum (PCM) will be back home!

Providence Children’s Museum will host Nori’s Big Bash: A Welcome Home Party for PCM’s Dragon on Friday, August 30 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm during MetLife Free Friday. Admission will be free for this event, which includes a special dance performance and parade by The Imperial Lion Dance Team. There will be dancing, photo opportunities, and dragon-themed activities and maker experiences in the newly renovated Maker Studio and Innovation Lab.

To keep up with information about this party, check out PCM’s Facebook page for the party. 

Nori was removed from the Museum roof for roof repairs in April 2019. Nori was restored by Symmetry Products, in Lincoln, RI and hoisted on the roof by Imperatore Corp. of Cranston, RI.

The dragon was originally created for The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA, by Symmetry Products (then known as FoamTech Inc.) for an exhibit on Chinese art. When PCM moved to its current location Providence’s Jewelry District in 1997, Nori’s head was donated by Symmetry’s Creative Director and member of PCM’s Board of Overseers, Julie A. Lancia, with a tail created by her soon to follow in 1999.


Nori was named by 11-year-old Michael Felmly of Newport, RI, in a contest sponsored by the Museum. Although Nori is a Chinese dragon (or lung), Michael named him after a Japanese friend of his. The word refers to an edible seaweed often used in sushi. Nori is a water creature, as all Asian dragons are, and, as he lives in the Ocean State, it all makes sense. Also common to Chinese dragons, Nori is a benevolent spirit.

About Providence Children’s Museum

The mission of Providence Children’s Museum is to inspire and celebrate learning through active play and exploration. Hands-on, play-based exhibits and programs explore arts, culture, science, technology, engineering, and math and foster children’s cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development. The Museum welcomes children and adults of all backgrounds and from all communities and creates a safe and welcoming environment to celebrate and encourage creativity and increase awareness of the ways in which children and families learn.

Where: Providence Children’s Museum, 100 South Street, Providence
When: 5-8 pm, August 30, 2019
Cost: Free!

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