The Abbey Museum in Caboolture
Most parents love the idea of raining a bit of culture over their children but are hesitant in planning a trip to most museums and galleries because of the restrictions that can be placed on kids. Well, look no further. The Abbey Museum in Caboolture has a core vision of providing quality cultural and educational experiences for children and is definitely one of the most hands-on and kid-focused museums you will find!
An Internationally Recognised Collection
Home to a collection of antiquities from around the world, well known for its annual Abbey Medieval Festival and internationally recognised for the quality of its displays and the scope of its collection the Abbey Museum follows the history of civilisation from prehistoric man through to the modern age. Not only does it house amazing collections of prehistoric artefacts, ceramics, glass, stained glass, metalwork, woodwork, rare books, manuscripts, painting and more – it provides a focused and hands on experience for children who attend and that is priceless!
It is widely respected for its dedication to the child’s experience and has dedicated programs set up just for the kids. Below are just a handful of great reasons to head to the Abbey Museum with your little ones today:
Cutie Curators Club
Held every Thursday morning during the school term this innovative program is designed to encourage play based learning and is for little ones from birth to 5 years old. With a different theme each week, these 45 minute sessions could see your child knee deep in interactive play with different focuses like dinosaurs, colours, animals or even transport – all why you enjoy a coffee and catch up with other mums too.
Junior Archaeologist Club
For children a little older the museum has set up an after school club that runs from 3:15 – 4:30 weekly on a Wednesday. Designed for children aged 5-12, this session aims to educate children about archaeology in a fun and interactive environment and will get them busy with hands on lessons on the different processes and stages involved.
The Dig at The Abbey Museum in Caboolture
Try to coordinate a visit to the museum when there is an archaeological dig on. It is a fantastic experience for the children who love nothing more than getting hands on and dirty! After being taught the basic techniques they are then able to get in and start digging themselves.
The Abbey Church
The beautiful Abbey Church resting beside the museum is a wonder with its amazing display of medieval and pre-Raphaelite stain glassed windows. It is simply spectacular and well worth spending some time there to admire it in all its glory. Tours are available every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:00 but are subject to staff availability.
School Excursions at The Abbey Museum
The museum is well run for groups and school excursions too though to avoid disappointment it is advised to book a group in early. There are also plenty of activities during school holidays which will need to be pre-booked where possible. If you are heading to Bribie during the school holidays you can book in ahead of time and confirm closer to the date of your arrival if that is easier.
There are so many museums and galleries to explore in and around Brisbane but very few run such an effective, adventure-filled and hands on experience for kids as the Abbey Museum in Caboolture. But don’t just take our word for it…check it out yourself today!
The Abbey Museum is open from 10:00am – 4:00pm Monday to Saturday. Adults are $12.00, kids from 4-16 are $7.00 and there are many other ticket price variations for students and groups. Morning Teas are also available for bookings.
The Abbey Museum of Art & Archaeology is located at The Abbey Place in Caboolture. Please visit their website at www.abbeymuseum.com.au for further information, including opening times and special events.