Friday, 30 August 2013

Plymouth Museum

On a rainy afternoon during our visit to my parents, we took the Podlings to Plymouth Museum for a couple of hours. I haven't been here for over twenty years, but I have some very fond memories of visits during my childhood. Although fairly small, the museum didn't disappoint and we had a lovely afternoon. The Natural History section was a huge hit with the Podlings and we spent the bulk of our time in here. Tom, in particular, enjoyed the many insect specimens they had on display and spent ages pulling out drawers and studying the contents. I am so thrilled the the Podlings enjoy Natural History as it is a subject very dear to my own heart.

Museums are so child friendly these days. There was a lot to engage the children and even little Emma had a wonderful time. Lily had a lot of fun in the Naval History exhibition learning about warships through history and choosing appropriate weapons, crew, fuel and provisions for various historical vessels. The museum was one of the highlights of our holiday for the Podlings. It was one of those magical afternoons where the Podlings had a tremendous amount of fun whilst learning a lot of new things. That is education at its best!

Tom loved the drawers of insect specimens and spent ages studying them. They were hands down his favourite part of the museum and seem to have sparked a new obsession.

Lily looking at one of the botanical exhibits

I've recorded these for Tom who now really wants to go to France so he can try to find some Rainbow Leaf beetles.

Tom studying a drawer full of beetles. He really was in his element here and it was lovely to watch him.

Emma playing with the toys in the Natural History section

Emma plays some African instruments

Lily attempts to reassemble pot fragments, an exhibit designed to demonstrate what a tough job archaeologists have. It wasn't easy!

This was a little clockwork exhibit in the foyer that the Podlings loved. 

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