Milton Keynes Museum
*** £9 for an adult, £6 for a child, under 5s FREE… but that does get you in for the whole YEAR ***
Now that I know how good Milton Keynes Museum is, I feel lucky that it’s right on our doorstep. There’s a huge boat and a steam engine outside the building – impressive – but the front of the building is quite unassuming. And yet the museum is far bigger than it first appears and there is LOADS to do once inside. The most impressive room for us was a gallery full of telephones. It’s called ‘connected earth’ and it tells the story of human communication from the fires lit on hillsides to signal invasion, through to the very latest in phone technology. Children can play on most of the equipment in there, it’s very hands on. The slightly older ones can learn how to be a switchboard operator on the fully working telephone exchange. Our toddlers simply loved chatting into the older style phones. My husband loved seeing the retro character phones from the 1980s – I’m sure he would have spent hours calling the Darth Vader one if he could. There’s a great photo opp in the police phone box – particularly exciting for any Doctor Who fans.
It was great fun walking through the high street. There is so much to look at, be it in the butchers, the post office, the cinema, the pub, as well as a number of other shops. The sound effects really bring the shops to life. There’s also a working water wheel and a large exhibit of farm machinery. One room is a replica of school classroom, another crammed full of old toys. There’s a kitchen in which the children can make their own buttered toast using a toasting fork. One of the best things about the museum is the volunteers. We found they were really engaging in the music room and the parlour games room talking the children through how the items were used and then letting them have a go. Some of the older children were completely engrossed in what they were saying. The volunteer in the telephones room was so knowledgeable and made our time there all the more enjoyable.
All of the exhibits were undercover which is why Milton Keynes Museum is so good as a day out when it’s raining. You only step out of the main building briefly to walk into the café and print room – we can high recommend the cakes in the café! It’s also very light and airy with ikea high chairs for little ones. You then walk out of that building and take a short stroll to the transport gallery. The highlight for us an enormous tram which used to carry one hundred workers from Stony Stratford each day to the Wolverton Works. There was a rope up though which meant we couldn’t go on it. In the gallery some of the other highlights were a canal boat which the little boys loved climbing into, a garage and a Romany caravan which you can also go in.
They have loads of special events on throughout the year so do check their whats on page.
ADDRESS – McConnell Dr, Wolverton, Milton Keynes MK12 5EL
TEL – 01908 316222
We visited in February 2016 and a number of times since then.
Do check their website for the latest opening times, prices, facilities and exhibitions.For 2018 winter opening hours are Nov 5th – March 2nd only weekends 11am – 4.30pm EXCEPT Feb half term when it’s open all week. Summer hours are March 3rd to November 4th when it’s open Wed – Sun 11am – 4.30pm (closed Monday and Tuesdays).
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