Posted by: MummyTravels | June 1, 2012

Britain’s most family-friendly museum

Since I heard about the Family-Friendly museum award a few months ago, I’ve been keeping an eye out for the eventual winner, from a nominated list of attractions which seem a million miles away from some of the dusty silent museums of my youth, where time apparently stood still.

Actually, I’m very partial to a good museum, although even the best can usually only capture my interest for an hour before fatigue sets in – so it’s interesting to see which one could enthall a child.

And (drum roll), the winner is Haslemere Museum in Surrey. A local independent museum, it’s probably not somewhere that’s already on your radar, unless you live in Surrey, but the secret family judges who picked it called it ‘amazing’, adding that the volunteers were hugely welcoming, as well as having a range of activities and clubs for children and teenagers.

It sounds like an eclectic collection, home to a stuffed bear, a giant spider crab and an Egyptian mummy, along with fossils, flints and artworks, but proves you don’t have to be a national name to ensure an interesting afternoon.

The other shortlisted museums were:

World Museum, Liverpool
Brixham Heritage Museum, Devon
Wolverhampton Art Gallery
National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
Museum of London and Museum of London Docklands

Image: Tom Carmony/Flickr

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