When I woke up, I looked out of the window. By the moment I realised the sun was shining bright in the sky of Sheffield, I knew I wanted to leave home. Sadly, I did not have any plans for the day. However, after I gave it some thought I knew what I wanted to do. A nice walk in the brilliant Weston Park, followed by a visit at Weston Park Museum was an amazing idea.
The first thing I noticed, was that there were many different exhibitions ('Making Sheffield Home', Treasures' 'What on earth','Arctic World', 'Picturing Sheffield', 'Wild Sheffield' 'Beneath Your Feet' and so on). Some of the exhibitions are permanent and some are in the museum just for a while.
Probably, my favourite exhibition was 'Beneath Your Feet', where we saw items found in Sheffield from the ancient times (somewhere even 50.000 years old). In this room, we could see Anglo-Saxon weapons, Roman armour, swords and helmets. I was fascinated as I could also imagine that where I stand, people used to live and fight, and these items were the evidence for that. There was a microscope as well to further examine smaller items.
There was also a corner for children (an Iron Age Roundhouse, in fact) where there were dressing up costumes for children, books with relevant information and replications of the exhibits so they could imagine how they were being used in the past (needless to say, my friends and I deeply appreciated the chlidren's corner, which means that it can, occasionally, be fun for adults as well).
Another exhibition that I liked was 'Sheffield Life and Times' which was actually an interactive pass through the contemporary history of Sheffield. There were sections such as shopping, typical houses of the past, typical toys of the past, Sheffield's sporting history and so on. This exhibition was also very interactive and it gives to the observers the opportunity (whether they are kids or not) to feel as if they were transferred to an older time rather just seeing the items.
Another fun activity was in the 'Wild Sheffield' section, where we were seeing the wildlife of Sheffield. We created our own creature on a screen and saw for how long it could survive in the wild. It was both fun and educational.
Finally, there is a little shop and a cafe where we could purchase some souvenirs and have a little conversation about our day in the museum. What I loved about it was how interactive it was. I felt, also that every room was another place, another world. I think it is a very nice activity for families as well as for adults.
Open Every Day Monday-Friday 10am - 4pm (closes 5pm during Sheffield school holidays)
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 11am - 4pm
Bank Holidays 10am - 5pm
Closes 4pm on 24 & 31 Dec
Closed 25 - 26 Dec & 1 Jan