Milton Keynes Museum

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Milton Keynes Museum
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orionuk2016
London, UK167 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
A friend of mine lives about 15 minutes walk from the museum but I've not been before. Milton Keynes doesn't really have a history so I went in with quite low expectations. We got a family ticket (2 adults and 4 kids) which now gets entry for a year so is worth the price. Its not a big place but what there is, is very good. The volunteers know their stuff and knew how to engage the kids. There are interactive aspects in most areas. The kids spent 45 minutes in the telephone room learning how old switchboards work. Who would have known a telephone needed a cable and didn't have computer games built in? They then spent an hour in the craft room painting and sticking. The cafe is basic but fairly priced and is all you'd need for a simple day. Pleasantly surprised by the fun we had and will definitely use the tickets again.
Written October 28, 2021
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Thank you so much for visiting and for such a wonderful review - we are really pleased that your expectations were exceeded and that you had such an enjoyable visit; the telephone room is always a hit, and has some truly fascinating examples, doesn't it? It's lovely to hear that you had fun, and we hope you learned a little of MK's very rich history - we have loads to tell and our two new gallery spaces will allow us to do that in much more detail in the future. We look forward to welcoming you again.
Written November 26, 2021
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Kymstonelake
Hertfordshire, UK45 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Having lived in this area for a long time we'd never heard of this museum so very glad someone recommended it to us. A little bit expensive to be honest for what it is but you do get to return free of charge for a year. The house is full of interesting stuff and the shops on the old fashioned High Street were fascinating. The transport display was brilliant, we just felt it was rather crammed in. Loved the communications room we spent ages in here with the volunteers who were very friendly and knowledgeable. Will hopefully get back to see the new area when it opens. Really pleased to have found this place and would definitely recommend it.
Written August 6, 2021
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It's wonderful that you have discovered us, and thank you for taking the time to post such a detailed review. You are right, your £12 (adults) entry fee entitles you to re-visit as often as you like for a whole year, which we think is great value. The shops with their original old facades are a popular part and the communications room is a hit with all ages. Our volunteers are very knowledgeable, aren't they? So pleased that you enjoyed your visit, and we thank you for your recommendation :)
Written September 11, 2021
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946brianle
Luton, UK79 contributions
Aug 2021 • Friends
This is a great museum with plenty to see and the staff, mostly volunteers were all so eager to please.
All the exhibits were great but for me as an ex telephone engineer the telecoms exhibit was fantastic.
The £12 entry fee that gives you unlimited access for a whole year is a bargain.
Written August 25, 2021
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Thanks so much for a great review - we really appreciate it. The volunteers will be thrilled by your words too. As your ticket allows that re-entry, we hope you'll be able to visit us again soon :)
Written September 11, 2021
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John T
Presteigne, UK76 contributions
Mar 2022
What a fantastic find. Very pleasant informative day out with loads of interactive experiences and great for children who will be enthralled with plenty of things to do. Volunteers are everywhere explaining different exhibits and giving demonstrations as to how things work. Entrance fee very reasonable and after initial fee paid the ticket holder can re enter as many times as they like in a 12 month period. great little cafe with very reasonably priced food and drink. Highly recommended.
Written March 9, 2022
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Funky Junction
Northampton, UK1 contribution
Oct 2020
In the current climate that we are living in it Is difficult for museums to stay afloat and now they are open again they very much relying on volunteers to help out.

Visiting the Milton Keynes Museum is a safe environment fitting with all the current guidelines, with it only allowing just the one group bubble into each of the rooms, but have a tour guide in each room to talk you through the room and give you a personal experience that you wouldn’t normally get if we were not in the middle of a panedemic. The knowledge of the staff and volunteers is amazing and it is a pleasant and knowledgable experience.

After the museum we popped into the onsite cafe which again had a fantastic personal service with table service form some lovely volunteers.

This is a great and safe place to go at this time i can give it my full recommendation.

My party size was husband and our 12 year old son.
Written October 18, 2020
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Firstly, thank you so much for coming to see us; it is indeed a difficult time and we are very grateful for your support. We often get such lovely feedback about our volunteers. They are an essential part of the museum, and their knowledge is exceptional isn't it? We will pass your comments on. Their passion and dedication makes a visit really special, doesn't it? Again, we thank you for visiting, and for sharing details of your experience, and hope that you, your husband and son will come and see us again.
Written October 19, 2020
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Lyndi B
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Nov 2021 • Solo
Me and my mum visited today. It was mostly a lovely visit, we especially enjoyed the old shops exhibitions. Most of the volunteers were friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. However, the two guys in the telephone and communication section were not so friendly. One was slightly older gentleman and the other a young man Daniel I believe? The younger approached us to welcome us with no smile on his face though we appreciated the welcome. The slightly older gentleman offered a tour in which we politely declined due to time. The younger man then passively aggressively adds that "his intuition was right" in that he assumed we would decline. The attitude was appalling.they then proceeded to talk behind our backs. It's our choice whether we would like a tour. I work in a musuem and I would never talk to my visitors this way. The rest of the visit was lovely though. Was just a shame it ended on a bad note.
Written November 3, 2021
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We thank you for taking the time to review your visit with us, and are pleased to hear that, for the most part, you had a lovely time with us. We did want to address the 'unfriendly' attitude that you encountered though, which is completely at odds with the experience of most of our visitors. We pride ourselves on being a welcoming environment for all, and we apologise if that wasn't your experience, but aside from being welcoming for visitors, we are also inclusive, and the young man you mention is on the autistic spectrum. We are sorry if you were made to feel uncomfortable, however we can guarantee that absolutely no malice would have been intended. We hope that explains things, and hope that you'll appreciate the importance of inclusivity. We would encourage anyone with an issue to raise it during their visit to the Museum and we will try to rectify and resolve issues at the time. Thank you for your support and understanding.
Written November 28, 2021
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Jenny M
Leighton Buzzard, UK158 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
This was our first visit to the museum, my 10 year old wanted something to do on a rainy day and what a find it was! There was so much to see, so much to find out and so much to try (very important for an inquisitive 10 year old). We were able to see and hear old music players, we saw old fashioned shops and rooms, we saw old vehicles and telephones. My son made toast on an old oven, made phone calls, took calls like an operator, sat in a gypsy caravan and an air-raid shelter, saw an F1 car and lots more.

The volunteers are superb, they are all knowledgable, patient and helpful. There were several lovely people who showed us so many things, but in particular there was an ex-teacher who showed my son so many things and taught him so much in the school room, laundry and kitchen.

We stopped for homemade cakes and tea in a lovely cafe, which was very reasonably priced and had a wide choice of sandwiches, cakes etc.

We spent over 3 hours at the museum but will make the most of the “return policy within the year” which makes it even better value. We’ve been to plenty of museums before but this one was definitely one of my son’s favourites because of all the “hands on” things to see.
Written February 9, 2020
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Thank you so much for such a wonderfully detailed look back at your visit to us. You have really captured the essence of what the Museum is about - your words are just brilliant. Knowing that we are one of your son's favourite Museum's has given is big smiles. On behalf of all the volunteers, thanks again :)
Written November 26, 2021
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Peej M
Oxford, UK208 contributions
Nov 2021
What a brilliant find! I'm not sure why we'd never visited the Milton Keynes Museum before, though it was well worth going along to find a real hidden gem of a museum packed with amazing artefacts covering the history of the area (yes, even the concrete cows) but more than that, a real slice of social history from the last 200 or so years.

We thought we'd go along as it was one of the recommended destinations for Blue Peter Badge Holders (who can get in free). and we were glad we came. The museum begins in an old Victorian farm house with rooms laid out as they would have been when the farm was in its heyday. The staff were absolutely brilliant and a real credit to the place (no attitude detected by us by the way, so I've no idea what some of the other reviewers did to upset them!!) even managing to keep a normally cynical and grumpy teenager thoroughly entertained and engaged with the various displays and demonstrations.

The rest of the farmhouse houses displays such as kitchen and food displays, lots of victorian toys (they are in the process of updating this section of the museum and are asking for donations of toys from the 80s and 90s so well worth considering). and then through to a replica of a victorian shopping street, complete with grocers, butchers and other stores all lovingly laid out and very atmospheric (with some gorgeous christmas displays).

From there you move through a fascinating exhibition of farming ephemera and then out to the rest of the museum where there are huge outbuildings filled with displays for transport (lots of old vehicles) and a Red Bull Formula 1 car.

The telecomms section of the museum was great, with two really engaging curators to show us how the various aspects of telecommunications had evolved over the years from telegrams and semaphore right up to modern digital exchanges. The novelty phone section (with real actual working novelty phones which you can dial and be horrified at the ringtones of) was brilliant and my teenage daughter now really wants a Tigger phone!

We really wish we'd devoted more time to this, sadly arriving only a couple of hours before the museum closed but we'll definitely be back to visit on a warmer day. The museum has an excellent tea shop and plenty of space for picnics so I can imagine it being a busy and popular destination once the better weather arrives (and hopefully COVID disappears!)

Excellent stuff!
Written November 29, 2021
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Such an amazing review - we are grinning from ear to ear! We really appreciate you taking the time to leave such a detailed breakdown of your visit - it's wonderful to read of your experience, and the things that took your attentions. The Museum is for everyone, and we pride ourselves on having a friendly, open atmosphere and love to let visitors be hands-on as much as possible - your recollections say that we are getting things right. We really are thrilled, and look forward to welcoming you again - do come and enjoy a picnic in the grounds when the weather changes! Thank you so much for your support :)
Written February 7, 2022
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martin h
Solihull, UK45 contributions
Jan 2020
We travelled by train to MK and then caught a bus - prob 6/7 stops - door to door,10 minutes max.

The museum was very interesting and the Stubbs Artist exhibition which we went to see was fabulous. The curator had made the event family friendly and the real skeleton horse was a delight for the younger folk, and several other items were available to encourage youngsters to enter the world of art.

The cafe was great and served freshly made food at very reasonable prices. We spent an hour there talking with museum staff, other visitors and a discussion about the expo.

The Museum staff were very knowledgeable, helpful and so welcoming.

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit.
Written February 18, 2020
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Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts, and it's lovely to hear you had a nice time - but the exhibition you are talking about was actually held at Milton Keynes Gallery. We are Milton Keynes Museum, and based in Wolverton - which is also accessible by train. We'd love to welcome you in the future, and can promise you lots to take attentions; From out large transport gallery, to our Victorian parlour. You can go back to school, experience communication through the years in our Connected Earth Gallery and walk through our old street of shops with a variety of stores, which features everything from a cinema to an old glass hearse! When you fancy a rest, our cafe has a wonderful selection of sweet and savoury treats on offer too. We also have lots of events happening throughout the year; from our 1940s and 1950s/60s weekends, transport weekend and a history festival. The museum has something for people of all ages. We hope you will visit us soon.
Written February 19, 2020
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Cherlin
London, UK3 contributions
Jan 2022 • Family
What an amazing day out we visited in January and it was quiet each of the volunteers were so welcoming and knowledgeable. My son who is 5 was invited to play with the old toys and forms of entertainment. Really reccomend the telephone area, the volunteers talked us through all the old phones and tele communications. Real hands on experience. Great we can now visit for free all year after paying only once. The cafe was also great value with lovely homemade soups, sandwiches and cakes.
Written January 23, 2022
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A lovely review, and 5* too - thank you! Our volunteers are wonderful aren't they? Their passion and knowledge ensures everyone has a great time with us, and they will be thrilled by your comments. As for the cafe? Those savouries and sweet things are rather tempting! We hope you will make good use of your annual ticket and visit us again soon - we look forward to welcoming you back.
Written February 7, 2022
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