|Hartman D. Schedel, German, 1440-1514|
Untitled map of the world
Nuremberg, Germany, 1493
One of the fun things about museums is "getting lost" there. This time, we somehow moved from the maps exhibit into a room we hadn't been in before, with lots of memorabilia from the last century—dresses showing the fashions after the war, a collection of cameras, old tools, early radios, etc. This kept the girls interested for a while, as we talked about what they saw and tried to explain that Great-Grandma might have used some of these things when she was a little girl because they were very old. Anything electronic interests the girls, so they wanted to take turns clicking through some old newspapers at a computer terminal. After that, it was time to move quickly into the next exhibit... the Modern History Gallery.
|Captain Vancouver's ship HMS Discovery|
Modern History Exhibit
Royal BC Museum
We have annual passes to the IMAX theatre at the museum, so often we end a visit there with a movie. If the girls aren't quite as interested in an exhibit as my husband or I, then we can bribe them into behaving (sometimes) by promising the movie. We also get a discount on museum admission because of our passes, and the girls get free museum admission (until Sunshine turns 6).
The girls also enjoy visiting the dioramas on the second floor, where there are more interactive features for them—"listening" stations that tell them about the woolly mammoth, fossils they can touch or examine under a microscope, computers with games about different types of whales, etc. The museum also offers a Family Activity Guide to help children get more involved in the exhibits. It's a great way to spend a rainy day here in Victoria.
Do your children enjoy visiting museums?
I forgot my camera on this visit, so the pictures are taken from the Royal BC Museum website.