Who knew museums were such fun! - Derby Days Out Blog
10th August 2015

My memories of going to the museum as a child are walking around looking at some old stuff and having to be quiet! How times have changed!!

I used the events section of our website to find some Friday fun at the museum and it was linked across all three sites; The Silk Mill, Pickford’s House and Derby Museum and Art Gallery.

We started off at Pickford’s House – firstly FREE PARKING! Woo hoo! Unheard of in the City Centre so what a lovely facility. It’s round the back of museum itself and a sharp turn into the car park itself. It’s also quite small so if it’s busy you might not get a space but I did so can’t complain!

At Pickford’s Lola made a bug viewer! She enjoyed spending time decorating the wings and face. The lady running the event was very friendly, helpful and patient. Lola’s cousin met us there and made one too. Then we went into the gardens to put the viewer to use! We found the usual bugs and insects amongst the variety of plants and trees!

Lola's bug viewer

After, went around the house for a while – the girls enjoyed dressing up in old fashioned clothes in one of the upstairs rooms and I enjoyed the 1930’s bathroom which is open for the public to use (very clean!)

We decided to take the short walk to the ‘main’ museum – Derby Museum and Art Gallery. They had a wildlife day and the chance to handle some lovely little animals!

We were not disappointed! They had guinea pigs, a lizard, a tarantula and the cutest chinchilla (called George!) that I have ever seen! Again, the staff running the event were so friendly and knowledgeable. It was really busy but Lola and my neice got to hold Scarlett the Tarantula, George the Chinchilla and the lizard. They also had a crafts table too where children could create an animal mask.

Scarlett the Tarantula!                                       George the Chinchilla!                                               A cheeky lizard!

We had a walk around this museum too before calling it a day. The girls really enjoyed it and us mums did too! Apart from a handful of change in the donation pots, it was a free day out that was fun, educational and enjoyable! Perfect!

They have family friendly events taking place throughout the year which we will definitely be checking out. Find out more here. or visit Derby Museums website here.

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