If you follow my family adventures on the GRAM you will see The Curious Mummy Gang love hanging out in museums. So when we were invited to attend the Museum Of London Docklands exhibition – Tunnel: The Archaeology of Crossrail, we simply could not wait. The exhibition takes you on a archaeological journey through the Capitals history, dating back as far as Roman London. It is enriched with lots of fascinating stories, captured by excavations uncovered during the Crossrail Project. As well as the wealth of history, the exhibition has a fascinating engineering element too.
Finley (aged 3 years) loves boats, so we started our journey at Westminister Pier where we were met by my lovely Instagram friend, the queen of the museum – Sally Webb Milk at the Museum and her family. Our journey on the Thames was the perfect appetizer for the day, as we spotted so many London’s landmarks. We were sat at the front of the boat (the perfect spot for a buggy and to see all the sites). Finley marveled at HMS Belfast and Tower Bridge. Whilst I spotted the entrance to the Traitors gate at Tower of London.
Before we entered the museum we were met with this amazing 3D artwork outside. The children loved it and could not understand how it was not real.
When we arrived, there was a little dressing up station for the wannabe engineers, with high vis vests and hard hats.
As we walked in we could see instantly that the exhibition was designed with families in mind, with lots of inter-activities for everyone; a trainset to play with, tunnels to build, buttons to press, things to open and lots to see & read. The neon signage and the floor map of London was a great way to navigate each story and it’s artifacts. Video footage captured during the Crossrail Project was on show for you watch too. Finley was transfixed and had not seen so many ‘diggers’ in one go.
After the exhibition, we went to the free Time Tunnellers show specifically designed for budding archaeologists. The show takes the audience on an interactive journey where it is their job to uncover clues to London’s hidden past. It was a great way to help bring what we saw in the museum to life in a way which is meaningful to the little ones. The museum run shows every Wednesday to Saturday 11am for under 5’s and 12pm & 2pm for over 5’s.
The Museum has a dedicated buggy park, a gorgeous little coffee shop, if you need a light bite or a coffee. Or if you are looking for something a little more substantial then head to the Museums Restaurant – Rum & Sugar. Where children eat free (check offers). Also on site is Mudlarks Childrens Gallery, which is perfect to let your little ones burn off a little steam before the journey home.
The Museum of Docklands is located in West India Quay, East London. It is open daily from 10am – 6pm and free to all. The exhibition runs until 3rd September 2017
What a brilliant day! There really is something for everyone. Thank you The Museum of London Docklands for having us, we will be back.