Tenby Museum and Art Gallery is proud to announce that it as made the longlist of the Daily Telegraph Family Friendly Museum of the Year Award. The longlist was announced in the Sunday Telegraph’s Life supplement on 22 June. The museum was one of 20 selected from an initial list of 800 nominees. Two other museums in Wales made the longlist – Bodelwyddan Castle and The Cardiff Story.
The museum, which adheres to the Kids in Museums manifesto, has many activities and events for children and families. these include hands-on interactive displays for archaeology (Grab a Hat and Explore!) and piracy; trails including pirate treasure hunts and the CBBC Relic Trail; jigsaws; drawing sheets; recreated stocks where children can have their photograph taken and dinosaur trails and dot-to-do quizzes for younger children. The museum also gets involved annually in the Big Draw and Kids in Museum’s Takeover Day. Last years Takeover Day involved three students curating a six-week art show in the museum gallery which was officially opened by artist Elizabeth Haines. New hands on displays are being placed in the upper galleries next week (July) where children and families can become a Tenby History Detective. The museum also offers free admission to all accompanied children. As Collections Manager Mark Lewis, who made the original nomination stated, “the museum actively encourages involvement, education, interaction and if course fun!”.
The shortlist for the award will be announced in July and we have our fingers crossed we will make it! Watch this space for further news.