Camouflage, badgers, stories and toys as Willis Museum welcomes Creatures Great and Small

By Ben Miller | 10 January 2011
A photo of a child looking at objects in a museum
Exhibition: Creatures Great and Small, The Willis Museum, Basingstoke, until January 29 2011

Hampshire Museums Services’ Natural Science department has an eye on the future with this tactile display.

“It is really important that children learn to enjoy museums and the countryside as early as they can, as they will look after Hampshire’s rich heritage for the future,” explains Margaret Tempia-Smith, of Hampshire County Council.

“We want more families and children to enjoy our museums. This exhibition is jam-packed full of things to explore, make and do.”

The main theme is camouflage in the natural world, and visitors can explore a recreated woodland floor full of unusual inhabitants, dress up as a badger or get up close to a few animals the service looks after.

There are also books and stories, toys and facts and figures from the natural world in a show designed primarily for the under-5s.
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