Young Visitors to the museum
Bute Museum is perfect for children. Many of the cases are at a low level and small children can look straight in at steamer models or seashore exhibits. A saltwater tank contains the sort of creatures found in rock pools, such as shrimps and hermit crabs.
A simple quiz aimed at 5-12 year olds is available from the Custodian. This year the quiz has been made up by P6/7 of North Bute Primary School. It doesn’t take long to complete, there is a bit of drawing and not too much writing and it focuses attention on items children find interesting. Small prizes are awarded throughout the year for selected entries.
The Touch Table in the Natural History Gallery lives up to its name – items are intended to be picked up and examined. No visit to the museum would be complete without stroking the seal and don’t forget to find out what you measure in feet and inches.
School parties and other groups are always welcome. Admission for groups of children is free when organised in advance. Special handling sessions can be organised, using the museum’s reserve collection. Recent visits have included workshops on old toys, wartime Bute and fairy tales.
The museum shop is particularly designed for children. There are plenty of pocket money priced toys which are very popular with our young customers.