As well as collecting stamps for visiting the different museums in the passport there is also the chance to complete five exciting missions along your journey and receive a certificate.
The five missions can be completed at different museums or the same one so here is a little bit more about the missions.
Mission 1: Visit one museum you haven’t been to before
Whether you visit lots of museums or you are new to the world of museums this mission is the chance to discover one museum that you have never been to before. Take a look at our distance chart to see the nearest museums to you or to your local museum.
Mission 2: Complete a trail at one museum
Many of the 21 museums listed in our passport have trails for you to complete. There are trails for special exhibitions, garden trails, trails around the museum as well s trails that help you discover the exciting towns that the museums live in.
Mission 3: Join in one craft activity
From making mini museums to creating rainbow kites nearly all the museums featured in the passport are running activities for you to enjoy and gain a stamp in your passport. visit the museum page on our website or the museums’ own websites to find out more about their arts and crafts sessions.
Mission 4: Visit a museum with a garden
Hopefully this summer sun will continue so why not take this chance to visit a museum with a garden. There are museums with gardens and outdoor spaces in each of the three counties so plenty of chances to complete mission 4!
Mission 5: Draw your favourite object from one museum in your passport
When you pick up your passport you will notice there are some blank pages at the back for you to get creative. Why not document your journey around the museums by drawing your favourite objects and sticking in photographs of your visits. Find out more about sharing these drawing and photographs with us on our photographs page.
We really hope you enjoy your visits to the museums this summer and remember you can complete more than one mission at a museum!
Lowewood Museum runs a fantastic programme of events and activities. Along with great exhibition and education programmes, the Museum hosts a number of special events during the year, as well as family activities, specialist study days, community events and much more.
Summer Events in 2015
Thursdays during school holidays
12noon – 3pm
£1 per child
Join us for fun family crafts – no need to book just drop in during the times stated.
Over the summer you can create your own mini version of Lowewood Museum. Each week you will complete one side of the museum and on the other side get creative making your own artwork inspired by different artists connected to the local area.
You can also sign up to take part in Discover Arts Award over the summer holidays. The pack costs a £10 one off fee per child.
23 July – Jill Barklem’s Brambly Hedge Paintings
30 July – Print making inspired by Spradbery
6 August – Weaving with William Morris
13 August – Sculpture with Henry Moore
20 August – Animal Sketches with James Ward
27 August – Art in clay with Androulla Theochari
Along with the craft activities there are lots of trails and the Museum’s explorer kits to use on your visit.
Family Fun Day
Saturday 8 August
11am – 4pm
Join us at the Museum for a day of family fun including puppet shows, willow weaving and more. No need to book just drop in.
Lowewood Museum is open Wednesday to Friday 10am – 4pm and Saturday 10am – 5pm.
Bedfordshire is full of history and fantastic museums to visit and enjoy, some of which are featured in this year’s Museum Explorer Passport. From abstract art to amazing aircraft there is something for everyone this summer.
Here is a little bit more about the Bedfordshire Museums:
The Higgins Bedford unites on one site three previous cultural venues: Cecil Higgins Art Gallery, Bedford Museum and Bedford Gallery. The buildings themselves date back 200 years. Visitors can enjoy watercolour, print and decorative art collections as well as archaeological finds, natural history, geology and social history.
The collection now held in the Museum was brought together and put on display for the first time in 1946. It was housed in a room which had been used and made secure by the BBC during World War Two. A purpose built museum was constructed to house the large collection of artefacts and books relating to John Bunyan and officially opened in 1998.
This modern museum depicts John Bunyan’s life and times, including his imprisonment in Bedford. Visitors can wander through the displays and experience life as it was in the 17th century.
The Shuttleworth collection is a chance to discover a truly awe-inspiring collection of historic aircraft and vehicles dating from the first half of the 20th century. Explore the hangars, smell the engine oil, see the engineers at work and then return on an event day to be captivated by these incredible aircraft in flight, taking off from our traditional grass runway. The Swiss Garden is an outstanding example of Regency fashion it includes 13 listed structures, an adjacent woodland sculpture trail and three resident peacocks.
Visit the Mill and discover its thousand years of history. Visitors can get an insight into the milling process and the history of the Mill and its restoration. There are also trails for children to explore the mill as well as the chance to buy Stotfold Mill flour.
Housed in Old St Mary’s Church, the Heritage Centre houses a museum of the history of Woburn from its geological origins, through the centuries from Saxon times to the present day. Visit the centre and explore the museum and local area with fun family trails.
Hertfordshire has a fantastic range of museums and seven of them are included in this year’s Museum Explorer Passport. From Roman history to a working mill the Hertfordshire museums have so much to see and do this summer.
Here is a little bit more about the Hertfordshire Museums:
There is literally no other museum like the British Schools Museum in Hitchin. The 1837 Monitorial Schoolroom is the only one of its kind left in the world! Then there are our 3 other historic classrooms, the Headmaster’s House and wonderful displays and exhibitions based upon the extraordinary collection of 47,000 objects!
Lowewood Museum is housed in a beautiful Georgian building with many galleries to explore and a garden space to enjoy picnics and some of our outdoor activities. Some of our collection highlights and popular exhibits include the impressive Bengal Tiger formally on display at Cedars Park, The Four Swans from Waltham Cross, and a fine collection of James Ward paintings. Visit the museum and put on your explorer hat as you follow trails around the museum.
This eighteenth century working watermill and museum is set in an attractive riverside setting. Explore higgledy piggledy rooms packed with colourful displays of local art and exhibitions. The Welwyn Hatfield Museum Service is based here and holds the social history collection for the district.
Royston & District Museum and Art Gallery sits at the heart of the Royston community and celebrates the wonderful stories of the town and its people. Housed in the impressive old Congregational Church schoolroom the displays depict the town’s long history.
The St Albans Museums Service is responsible for two museums and three heritage sites. Verulamium Museum is built on the site of one of the largest Roman settlements in Britain and is a fantastic place to find out about everyday Roman life. The Museum of St Albans tells the story of St Albans since the Romans left Britain.
Telling the story of Watford past and present, Watford Museum is housed in the former Benskins Brewery Mansion. The museum has displays of local history and industry including Watford Football Club memorabilia, Cassiobury heritage and fine art.
Approximately 1800 years ago, a family of rich Romans had a villa on this site. They may have gone, but their impressive bath house remains. A scheduled ancient monument, the layout of the cold, warm and hot rooms remain, along with much of the plumbing . Also on display are archaeological finds from the area and an exhibition about the villa.
Family activities at the John Bunyan Museum in Bedford
If you are looking for something fun to do this summer, love visiting museums or have never been to a museum before this is your chance to go exploring and visit some of the fantastic museums on your doorstep in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Essex.
Once you have your passport, get exploring and collect stamps at all the museums listed in the passport. You can even complete five exciting missions and receive a certificate. So why not take this chance to visit your local museum or one you have never been to before and complete your Museum Explorer Passport.
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