Buckinghamshire County Museum

*This post is based on our experience from the visit to the museum. I did not receive any payment or compensation for this post.

On 6th May, with the weather being pretty glum, we decided to visit Buckinghamshire County Museum in Aylesbury.

The BFG
The BFG

The museum has an induction loop at the reception desk and also showcase local talent with its Buckinghamshire Displays. The museum has a Special Exhibitions Gallery, Tudor House, and The Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery.

The Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery

a photo of the roald dahl children's gallery sign

The Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery is for children (and the young at heart). The gallery has three rooms, two on the ground floor and one room upstairs. There is a lift provided.

The Lift
The Lift

We approached Fantastic Mr. Fox’s Tunnel. My son was hesitant to crawl through the tunnel, so I went in first. He followed after.

(We found Mr. Fox and Badger too.)

 

questions and facts

I liked that there were fun questions and fascinating facts dotted around the room.

My son pressed his foot down on the foot pump and connected the pipe to the different holes, where a different sound came out.

My son on the foot pump
My son on the foot pump
We headed over to the bell at the BFG station. My son discovered the science behind sound waves and vibrations.

 

Look! It’s James and the Giant Peach!

Look! It’s a ladybug! (ladybird) My son looked at the facts about ladybugs and used a microscope to study some minibeasts. He was ok looking at a spider but is not ok with flies.

My son and I looked inside Miss Trunchbull’s cupboard where we found a Yoyo. Who knew that you could have so much fun with a Yoyo? For a moment I reverted back to a child, forgetting that other children wanted to have a go with the Yoyo too.

 

Me with a yoyo

We then entered Matilda’s library, where we marvelled at a photo of Roald Dahl.

It was interesting to discover that Roald Dahl wrote a book called The Gremlins and worked with Walt Disney to create a film on it. Unfortunately, this project was not completed.

a photo of The Gremlins book Roald Dahl worked on with Walt Disney
The Gremlins With Walt Disney

We then headed upstairs, where we discovered some fun mazes and distorting mirrors, a bit like a funhouse.

It was great making our own shadows that somehow stayed on the wall as we moved away. (it must be magic)

The Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery manages to combine science and literature with a visual appeal. The gallery allows for interaction and learning by doing, which is a fun way of learning. Especially when it comes to reading. This is an enjoyable gallery for someone who is a visual learner.
Cost for The Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery:

Children 4-17 years old and Concession price are £5.50 each.

Adult price is £7.70 each.

Under 4s pay by donation.

Special Exhibitions Gallery

We looked around the rest of the museum, and I liked that they had inclusive elements placed around the rooms. There was a tactile image for people who are visually impaired and want to enjoy the art experience. There was also a drawing screen with a sign above it, which said about people’s different learning styles.

The drawing screen is provided for anyone to use, but with the main focus for people on the autism spectrum or have ADHD and may prefer sensory learning. The sign mentions that the screen is used to keep hands busy and to help improve concentration.

I thought that this was a nice touch to the museum.

Samurai: Warriors of Ancient Japan Exhibition

Samurai: Warriors of Ancient Japan Exhibition

I really appreciate Japanese culture, so it was a pleasant surprise that the museum had an exhibition dedicated to Warriors of Ancient Japan. We admired the embroidery, which was used as both identity and art.

We looked at the historical Samurai Armour and Ningyo Dolls that are usually displayed in houses on Children’s Day. Children’s Day is celebrated in Japan and is a day that symbolizes children’s’ courage, strength and happiness.

a photo of Japanese Ningyo Dolls
Ningyo Dolls

The County Museum is free to enter, but donations are welcomed.

Aylesbury

As we were in Aylesbury, the place where Ziggy Stardust was debuted, we had to visit the bronze statue of David Bowie.

a photo of the brinze statue of David Bowie

We managed to see a lot in one day. What an exciting visit for a bank holiday!

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