Buckinghamshire County Museum

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The BFG

Estimated reading time: 12 minutes

On 6th May, we decided to visit Buckinghamshire County Museum in Aylesbury. The museum has an induction loop at the reception desk and also showcase local talent with its Buckinghamshire Displays. Furthermore, the museum has a Special Exhibitions Gallery, Tudor House, and The Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery.

roald dahl childrens gallery sign
Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery sign

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

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The lift

Fantastic Mr Fox

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

Meanwhile, I liked that there were fun questions and fascinating facts dotted around the room. (as I looked around)

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questions and facts

The BFG Station

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

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foot pump

We then headed over to the bell at the BFG station. Additionally, my son discovered the science behind sound waves and vibrations.

James and the Giant Peach

Look! It’s James and the Giant Peach!

Look! It’s a ladybug too! (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? In other words, for a moment, I reverted back to a child, forgetting that the other children wanted to have a go with the Yoyo too.

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me with a yoyo

Matilda and Walt Disney

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. However, unfortunately, the project was never completed.

the gremlins with walt disney
The Gremlins with Walt Disney

Interactive Learning

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. Likewise, the gallery allows for interactive learning, which is a fun way of learning and retaining information. Especially when it comes to reading. Thus, a perfect gallery for a visual learner.

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 have visually impairments so 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 for anyone to use, but with the main focus for autistic people or ADHD. Great for sensory learning too. 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
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.

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Japanese Ningyo Dolls

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

Aylesbury

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

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Bronze Statue of David Bowie

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

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

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