I wasn't sure how my 14 and 8 year old boys would react to this museum on a hot, hot July day. But I didn't have to worry! They really enjoyed it. We started by watching the orientation video and then set out to travel through time. We started with the West African village, then went to England, Ireland, and Germany. There were people at each location working and willing to chat about what they were doing. My kids especially liked the Irish forge and talking with the blacksmith--they enjoyed hearing about the science behind the technology and how iron working changed over time and location.
Each location had some farm animals and plenty to see and explore. We liked that we were invited to touch and interact with the items. There were kids there participating in a day camp with the museum, and they seemed to be having a great time despite the heat. They were dressed in costume and shared activities with the kids.
By the end of the afternoon we were hot and tired, and glad of the shuttle ride back to the museum. What a great idea. The gift shop is small but had a wide selection of nice historical gifts and amusements, much more reasonably priced than Monticello which we visited the next day. If you are going in the summer, make sure that you take water bottles with you, as it does get hot. There are a few water fountains around to refill.
We all loved this museum...we just wish that it was closer to us so that we could go more often and take field trips there!
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