This week, X and I, with our lovely friends, went to visit the new Mini Museum at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery…
I can’t remember the last time I actually visited the gorgeous Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, despite living practically on its doorstep! But since they have just opened the Mini Museum, a gallery especially designed for children under 5 years old, we thought a visit would be in order!
The Mini Museum includes fine art from the Museums’ collection, on the themes of childhood and animals, as well as taxidermy from the natural science collections. With dressing up clothes, interactives, a puppet theatre, and a soft seating/storytelling area with plenty of books, we hope that children will feel welcomed and inspired, and enjoy their time at the Museum.
The Museum opens at 10, so we decided to battle our way through some pretty shocking traffic across Birmingham to get there nice and early and avoid the rush! When we eventually found our way in (the access entrance isn’t particularly well marked) we made our way up to the 3rd floor to make use of the very, very handy Pushchair Lockers – these are ingenious and I think they should be made standard EVERYWHERE!!
Thanks to the super helpful staff, we found our way to the Mini Museum Hall… and if I’m honest I was a bit disappointed. There didn’t seem to be much there, it wasn’t an enclosed space so not an environment where we could just let toddlers loose. However, the looks on the little one’s faces rather said it all – they LOVED it. They were climbing up to see the pictures, X was fascinated by the Lynx and Mouse taxidermy which was the perfect height for him to look at.
The hall itself is glorious, with a beautiful ceiling (which we all lay down to look at!).
I get the impression this is a space which will prove exceptionally popular, especially as it is right next to the glam tea rooms.
We shall most definitely be back soon!
You can read more about the Mini Museum here on the BMAG website.
The Museum is in Chamberlain Square, right in the heart of Birmingham City Centre – with the accessible entrance on Edmund Street opposite the Waterhall Gallery.
Monday – Thursday 10am – 5pm
Friday 10.30am – 5pm
Saturday and Sunday 10am – 5pm
Closed 24, 25, 26 December. Open New Year’s Day 11am – 4pm.