Museum Launches Summer of Fun

The Museum of Somerset is launching its ‘Summer of Fun’ with a must-see exhibition of nursery rhymes from around the world and artwork by best-selling children’s illustrators.

‘Rhyme Around the World’ is a travelling exhibition coming to The Museum from Seven Stories, the National Home of Children’s Books. This colourful, multi-sensory exhibition invites young visitors to step straight into their favourite nursery rhymes with plenty of opportunities for play and active learning.

The exhibition includes some firm-favourites such as ‘Old King Cole,’ ‘Polly, Put The Kettle On’ and ‘Hey Diddle, Diddle.’ The stories are accompanied by beautifully bright artwork from well-known illustrators including Axel Scheffler, best known for ‘The Gruffalo’ (written by Julia Donaldson,) and Emily Gravett, writer and illustrator of the ‘Bear and Hare’ adventures and ‘Orange Pear Apple Bear.’ Creator of the ‘Alfie’ series Shirley Hughes and Nick Sharratt, who works with Jacqueline Wilson, also feature alongside many more.

‘Rhyme Around the World’ is a travelling exhibition coming to The Museum from Seven Stories, the National Home of Children's Books. Credit Damien Wootten

Visitor Services Manager Susie Simmons said: “With sensory and play opportunities and beautiful varied work by international illustrators, there’s something here for all the family. Visitors can enjoy well known rhymes and discover new rhymes from around the world and explore how stories, song and rhyme are shared across generations.”

For older children, there will be daily pop-up hands-on history activities throughout the galleries and in the courtyard. Pop-ups will be announced each day on The Museum’s Facebook page and could include learning about space, an archaeological dig, striking a coin to take home, making a Roman mosaic and fossil rubbing. There will also be five brand new museum trails to choose from.

Summer holiday opening: 22 July to 2 September, Monday to Saturday, 10.00 am to 5.00 pm.

Entrance: Exhibition entry £2.20 pp (inc. Gift Aid, aged 2+.) Pop-up activities from £1. Trails £1.

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