We couldn’t resist —
We couldn’t resist —
Museum Guard Quote of the Day:
“Do you have a lot of money?”
(this was the guard’s way of asking me to pick up my camera from the floor of the kids’s area where we were sprawled out playing with blocks and puzzles)
“Are you visting the museum?” asked the guard. Why else would two adults and two children be inside the museum? Would it be that hard to just say, “Welcome to the Peabody Essex — we’re so glad you are here”?
And then the woman who doles out the buttons asked if Sophie and I live at the same address. If she bothered to look at the membership info, she would have figured that out . Why can’t they be a little friendlier there??? Or at least assume the best of people instead of the worst. Whoever is in charge of reception must scare the living daylights out of all of these people.
Despite all that, we had fun at the polar bear sculpture studio.
We’ve been there many times before, but today we had another great time at the Peabody Essex Museum. Though not officially a “children’s museum”, they try really hard to make kids welcome. And now they’ve added a fun scavenger hunt in the form of this brochure, with two tear-off cards that kids can easily hold on to.
It’s their way (it seems) of getting kids to explore more than just the first floor of the museum, where the child-oriented “Idea Studio” is located. The four year olds had fun doing the search, but the six year old with us, Lily, was really the one who could find the objects.
The shows in the kids’ room last for a year — the origami show is now over and a new one, Polar Attractions, is up. To see a cool slide show of some art (which you really won’t get to look at if you’re chasing small children), click here.
Here are more photos of what they had fun doing –
Finn and his man purse
We met up with Finn & Steph at the A&J King Bakery in Salem, MA where they make the world’s best sticky buns. Finn does a good job here of trying to fit it into his mouth
Leo does his best Tom Brady impression
Leo and Finn show off their unique sense of style on Front Street.
Finn getting up close & personal with the folk art Noah’s Ark at the Peabody Essex
Leo admiring his favorite museum object, the model of the Cunard Line RMS Queen Elizabeth, built in 1949 by Bassett-Lowke Ltd.
Finn, with his man purse, takes a break from all the art.
There’s a new show at the PEM on Maori facial tattoos. The photos are beautiful — you can see some here:
or even more here
If you want your own, you can go visit Trevor Marshall just up the road in New Hampshire