I want to be a fireman when I grow up

8 May

Dickon in fireman's helmet

This picture was taken at the Museum of London, one of our favourite places.   The museum covers the history of the city from pre-Roman times to the present day and has some amazing artifacts.  But what really sells it to us, is the interactivity.  As well as regular children’s activities, such as the weekly toddler’s music group or building a Victorian toy theatre, all areas of the museum have dressing up clothes and things to touch.

Our children love the Great Fire of London exhibit, with its firefighting equipment from different eras, but their favourite part of the museum is the replica Saxon house.  Here they can become Saxons, by wearing period dress, cooking on the fire, sweeping the floor and trying to sleep, while listening to the cacophony of animals and street sounds outside.  

The Museum of London is a little out of the way, in the City of London (the banking district), but it’s a place with thousands of years of history, so worth a visit in its own right.   And best of all, like most of London’s museums, it’s free.

This post is part of Photo Friday at Delicious Baby. For more photos click here.


10 Responses to “I want to be a fireman when I grow up”

  1. Jen 08/05/2009 at 2:21 pm #

    What a neat museum! We missed this when we were in London because our son was only 10m old, but we will put it on our list if we ever get to go back with our kids!

  2. Bridget Smith 08/05/2009 at 2:28 pm #

    Children’s Museums are some of my favorite sites for family adventures. How exciting to find out there’s on in London! Will put that on my “dream of visiting list”.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 09/05/2009 at 10:46 am #

      This is actually a museum for adults as well, it’s just really well designed so there’s plenty for everyone to look at and do. We do have some children’s museums too in the UK, but not really in London. Another really great one is the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green, London, which also has stuff for adults, but is very child centred.

  3. marina villatoro 08/05/2009 at 6:18 pm #

    How cute! I haven’t been to London in ages, and not since my son was born. However, it looks like a great place to visit with kids.

    There is also a great fireman museum in Manhattan, NY. Plus, after 9/11 the way the firemen are with the kids, just makes the experience that much more amazing.

    Photo Friday – Ex Prison Turned Children’s Museum

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 09/05/2009 at 10:42 am #

      That sounds great, I spent lots of time in NY as a child and can’t wait to take my children. Small boys and firemen seem to be magnetically attracted. I loved the description of your Children’s Museum in Costa Rica, it’s great having places like this on your doorstep.

  4. Peace (Australia) 08/05/2009 at 8:54 pm #

    What a great museum, that sounds like so much fun for kids of all ages!

  5. Lorraine 09/05/2009 at 4:03 am #

    You can tell it’s a good description when after you read the post you want to plan an entire trip to London based on this museum. Sounds like my kids could spend hours there, and then take a great nap afterwards. Perfect!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 09/05/2009 at 10:44 am #

      Thanks for your kind comments. It really is worth visiting and not many people do. My perfect day with the children involves a museum like this in the morning, followed by lunch out and then go home for naps/DVDs having already had a really busy day!

  6. Dominique 09/05/2009 at 3:47 pm #

    This is really cute. Wish they had the interactive stuff like this in museums when I was younger.

  7. Dim Sum, Bagels, and Crawfish 10/05/2009 at 1:48 am #

    My son would love this!

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