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World Museum needs your nominations

22 November 2011 by Sam

child having their face painted

The Telegraph family friendly award 2012 has just been launched by Kids in Museums and the Telegraph newspaper. It’s the biggest museum award in Britain and the only one judged by families, so to win would be a huge achievement.

We think that World Museum deserves a family friendly award, because there are so many activities inside for all ages. We hope that you agree – if you do then please send in a nomination! You just need to email award@kidsinmuseums.org.uk before 2 December and say why World Museum is family friendly and deserves to win. Further details about the award are on the Kids in Museums website.

In case you need convincing, visitor host Fred Billingham has described what’s on offer for family visitors at World Museum:


Volunteer supervised craft activities can be found on the 4th floor, linking to our current temporary exhibition, Age of The Dinosaur. These provide an opportunity for youngsters to get creative, making dino masks or colouring in prehistoric scenes, with a little help from our team of volunteers.

In our interactive centres, the Weston Discovery Centre and Clore Natural History Centre, you have to expect the unexpected! You could meet a real life Viking, make a Chinese lantern, come face to face with a hippopotamus skull and learn more fascinating facts about objects in our collections from the friendly demonstrators.

In our community base you can see displays of painting and sculpture produced by local community groups, often influenced by objects or experiences linked to the museum.

We also provide a variety of trails to create a self guided tour around the museum. Kids and grown ups need to work together to answer a series of questions set by our baby iguanadon Iggy, which will help unearth some of the hidden treasures we have on display.

All this is on top of two of our most popular attractions that are open every day. The ever popular planetarium shows a range of presentations aimed at all ages, from the Sunshine show, a fun introduction to astronomy for children, to Magnificent Desolation, focusing on the moon and its exploration. Live rock pool encounters shows are held in the aquarium, where you can learn all about starfish, crabs and other creatures you might find beachcombing.

These are just some examples of the activities available at World Museum recently, with plenty more to come over the future months. Either check the What’s on page on our website, or just pop down to the museum. Our friendly staff in the atrium will be happy to greet you and let you know what we have to offer on any given day. And the best part of all is that all these activities, except the current exhibition, are completely free!

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