This weeks #MuseumFromHome at Ely Museum is all about museums themselves!

As museums across the country begin to open their doors again, and of course with our exciting National Lottery Heritage Fund redevelopment of Ely Museum which is due to reopen in early 2021, there are lots of exciting museums you can visit soon!

Today’s #MuseumFromHome explores the history of museums & shows you how you can create your own at home too!

Watch our craft video on Facebook to learn how you can make your own museum in a box & your tour guide essentials to show your friends & family round!

Museum Crafts

Firstly, we’ll learn a little bit about the history of museums and the history of Ely Museum! Did you know that the museum we know in the old gaol was neither the first museum to be held in the gaol or the first location of Ely Museum?!

Our exciting redevelopment will create more space and new, exciting exhibitions for you to visit. Have a go at creating your own exhibition at home using our guide here!

Do you have a special collection of objects you could put in your exhibition? Perhaps you’ve found some special stones in the garden or have a great collection of toys you could display? Perhaps you know lots of things about a particular topic? It could be your favourite book character, sports team or period of history – choose whatever you like for your exhibition or perhaps pick a random topic and spend some time learning all about it & put an exhibition together of your findings!

You’ll also need to make your own special museum labels to display with your exhibition too.

Learn how to make one here & then have a go at making your own

Once you’ve decided on your exhibition, created it and made your labels, remember to take your friends and family on a tour of it and see if you can answer any questions they have for you!

If you make a museum in a box or your own exhibition – do send us a photo of it! We love seeing your work & learning all about what you, a budding young curator, has made!

Remember you can continue to enjoy our #MuseumFromHome content all over the summer holidays, and look back over previous weeks on our blog too! This is what we’ve got planned for the rest of the summer

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