Wondering how to make the most out of your day at Kelham island museum in Sheffield with a toddler?
Kelham Island museum, in the industrial district of Sheffield, is home to extensive historical steel work collections and interactive galleries.
The museum is so interesting for adults as well as kids. I wanted to get the absolute most out of our day for Eric and this is what we did for a good, hands on, packed full time.
We spent all day at the museum and used the picnic room and cafe. Eric really enjoyed the play area, melting pot shop, which is included in entry (children are free).
There is lots to explore and it is good for adults and children, with something to interest all. There is lots to touch and it was really interesting to learn all about the history of steel works in Sheffield.
The museum is spacious with different rooms and vast collections on three floors.
Here are top 10 ways to really enjoy your family day out at Kelham Island museum.
Fascinating for all ages! In steam and working at 12 and 2pm Monday to Thursday and 12, 2 and 4 on Sundays. Eric loved seeing the big parts moving and the noise it made. Here you can take a selfie for the #sheffield1916! See our video to watch the engine in motion. And don’t forget to watch the Crossley Gas Engine too!
2. Take time out to play in the melting shop. Lots of fun to be had and included in museum entry (kids go free).
3. See the stone garden and play with old tools in the old Crucible shop!
The crucible shop display includes some of the oldest crucible works remaining, with a furnace and tools to handle. Outside is the stone garden, very interesting with recycled historical Sheffield works.
5. Enjoy stepping back in time at Little Mesters Street. A 1916 Home, old shops and a medieval street to stroll around an explore. Take part with hands on, interactive and sensory collections which inspire children’s imagination. Play hopscotch, see the open back yard with washing line equipment and materials, answer telephones and Peak through the windows of watchmakers to see how they used to live.
For little ones, throughout the collections are educational questions on the boards and puzzles to solve. There are also books and leaflets to read throughout the museum for all ages, as well as trails. The galleries are interactive throughout, making it a fun way to learn about the history of Sheffield steelworks.
The outside collection of the museum is good to explore, don’t miss the Bessemer converter, used to make steel in 1974. Kelham Island Museum have festivals and events throughout the year which take advantange of the atmosphere. Check their website.
What do you think? I love interactive museums. Thank you for reading and watching!