Have just visited Abingdon Museum for the first time today. A very good experience - from entering the beautiful old building and walking up the stairs to the first floor gallery - a friendly welcome from members of staff and lots to see and do. Very well laid out and clearly labelled. The children were asked if they wanted to complete a free "Trail" sheet which involved finding items in the museum which they were keen to do. Going upstairs to the Attic again I was impressed with the wonderful artifacts on display particularly the Monks Map. The children loved the idea of having the opportunity of "dressing up" in Tudor and Victorian costumes - they particularly liked the book corner and seeing the victorian dolls house for the first time Giving out torches is a great idea! There was plenty of information given out during our visit too. We also had the chance to visit the Cupula which gave us a chance to see Abingdon from high up. Finally we visited the Basement where there is a cafe and "Crossley engine" to look at - there was an Audio with this and a book corner and dressing up clothes - there was also an activity in the Education room to do with the Monks map which again was very popular.
We spent quite a long time in the Museum and not once did I hear "I am bored can we go now" which makes a refreshing change! Everything was free and the children had a wonderful time. We will be making another visit very soon and I will certainly recommend the Museum as an educational and very pleasant experience for the whole family - young and old!
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