We love museums

17 Feb

What makes a museum good for children?  I don’t buy the argument that they can only be entertained by high tech flashing lights, pressing buttons and touch sensitive computer screens.  I think the very best museums engage and entertain children in the most imaginative of ways.

We’ve been deafened by explosions, created artistic masterpieces, become Saxon householders, been eaten by a Venus fly trap,  joined a band of revolting peasants, met the young Queen Victoria, peered down microscopes, danced with Chinese Dragons, camouflaged ourselves and sung carols around a blazing bonfire.

Museums are wonderful places for families and we are lucky that so many are free.  But what of museums that charge?  Does their family ticket suit your family? Does your local museum ticket admit 2+2, while you are a single parent with three children?  Kids in Museums is asking for your help.  They are gathering information about how family tickets suit real families, because families come in all shapes and sizes.  Let them know by filling in their simple form or by leaving a comment on this post, which I shall pass on.  Thank you.

Does your local museum ticket admit 2+2, while you are a single parent with three children?
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9 Responses to “We love museums”

  1. Paula 18/02/2010 at 10:31 am #

    I must admit that it’s something that we don’t do enough of these days… with 3 children I make an assumption that it’s going to be too expensive and/or the kids are going to go feral and embarrass me. BUT, when we do it’s generally a good experience… deffo those that allow little fingers to touch and investigate and get involved and learn….think it’s time to get out there again!

    Px

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 19/02/2010 at 8:48 pm #

      I love going (as the title of the post says!) particularly to do the special children’s activities. Even the so-called stuffy museums have something going for them if you pick your moments. Go!

  2. Tamsin 18/02/2010 at 12:11 pm #

    I love museums, so does Amy, all the better if they are free. It can get very expensive if you’ve had to pay to get in especially when you add on a cuppa and cake, this is a must when we are out exploring 🙂
    The museums where touching and investigating are definitely our faves, it’s hard for children not to touch things, especially if they’re told not too!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 19/02/2010 at 8:45 pm #

      Even museums like the British Museum let you touch some things, and most of them are brilliant with children if you know which bit to go to

  3. Tamsin 18/02/2010 at 12:13 pm #

    Sorry, my post should say ” where touching and investigating are allowed”

    Less haste and all that…..

  4. mamacrow 18/02/2010 at 12:37 pm #

    Well with 6 kids we stick mostly to the free museums! Interestingly, ive found that simple exhibits are the most fascinating! The glass cases of the stuffed animals at the natural history museum for example- any thing audio is also always a hit, with all ages too- the imperial war museum had a great exhibit with headphones dotted about so you could listen to 1st person acounts.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 19/02/2010 at 8:43 pm #

      Our children love the agriculture dioramas at the Science Museum. Very old fashioned, but you can’t go wrong with tiny tractors! The Historic Royal Palaces season ticket is amazing value compared to a single visit (cheaper than two separate visits), and six children are included…

  5. Tanya 21/02/2010 at 1:06 pm #

    We love museums too. Dont miss Te Papa in Wellington NZ its huge free and a great mixture of it all. Our boys loved it when it first opened and just as much when we were back in NZ in july (as teenagers +).

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 21/02/2010 at 5:13 pm #

      Te Papa is definitely on our list, it looks amazing and everyone raves about it.

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