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“The Giant Elke”

Warwickshire Museum (Market Hall Museum)
Ranked #14 of 46 things to do in Warwick
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Museum, celebrates the stories of Warwickshire and its people and has been refurbished thanks to a generous grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and with the support of heritage, natural history and community groups from across the county. Explore our new galleries, discover treasures from Warwickshire’s collections and archives, and enjoy a tour of this historic, landmark building reimagined for our next generation of visitors. New accessible technology has been integrated into the museum and a themed approach that focuses on ‘Made Here, Getting Here and Living Here’ has been adopted. The refurbished gallery reflects the life and times of Warwickshire from ancient times to the present day. The visitors’ route starts on the ground floor, featuring Warwickshire’s most recent history, from the birth of the museum in 1836, to the present day. The exhibits include examples of locally manufactured items, collections that people have made, modern wildlife and iconic pieces from the Museum’s collections including the iconic Giant Irish Deer skeleton, a full-sized replica of the Wilmcote Plesiosaur skeleton and the Warwickshire Bear. There is also have a small cinema showing short films on local life and events. The first floor covers the period from the arrival of the Anglo-Saxons in Warwickshire to 1836 and elsewhere visitors will also explore Warwickshire’s Roman roots and even the unique remains of a Warwickshire dinosaur. Visit the Cafe and shop
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Stairs / elevator
Banbury, United Kingdom
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140 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“The Giant Elke”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2012

A nice small museum in the middle of Warwick. Good specimens of plesiosaurs and a giant Elke skeleton .. could do with more explanation regarding the actual elke

Visited December 2012
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English first
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652 reviews
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“A decent local museum”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2012

Nothing more or less than it pretends to be, this is a perfectly decent local museum with a bit of local knowledge and some decent exhibitions on archaeology and fossils in the local area.

Visited November 2012
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13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“OK for a rainy hour”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2012

We were in town when it started raining so we headed to the museum for a mooch. There are two galleries upstairs; one focusing on archaeology and the other on natural history. It's a bit tired and not very interactive but a free attraction nonetheless and there are some good bits about Warwick's history, such as the fire.

Visited August 2012
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Warwick, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2012

We took our 10 year old granddaughter to the museum and as well as being interesting to us all, it was good to find out things we did not know about Warwickshire.

Visited June 2012
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Warrington, United Kingdom
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8 attraction reviews
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“Lots to do!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2012

Had a very enjoyable day out here with my boyfriend where we found an endless amount of shows and attractions to get involved with.

Visited May 2011
Thank DeathByStereo
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