Tullie House has transformed its first floor Exhibitions Gallery into a discovery play space inspired by their collections! The gallery has been open for a week now and hundreds of visitors have enjoyed discovering, exploring and playing in the new space.

There are four areas for children to get hands-on and creative in - Nature Play, History Play, Art Play and Soft Play.

In Nature Play you can examine the specimens in the collection, play giant snakes and ladders, go bug hunting and enjoy some nature crafts.

In History Play there’s dressing up, a castle play set to explore and an archaeology sand table to dig for objects in – along with lots of special objects from the collection to explore.

The Art Play area is for getting creative in – there are chalkboards to doodle on and drawing and modelling activities inspired by pieces from the Fine Art collection.

And as if that wasn’t enough there’s seating for adults and Soft Play equipment to enjoy!

The exhibition has had an amazing response from Tullie House families, with fantastic feedback across the board. Comments have included:

“Great! Worked for all 3 children who love doing different things.”

“We absolutely loved it and will be back here again!”

Children who visit the exhibition will receive a FREE Tullie Explorers badge. Tullie House is also encouraging families to take photos of themselves exploring in their badges and then post them to the Tullie House Facebook or Twitter page – every month the picture with the most likes will win a prize.

The activities and equipment in the Tullie Explorers Gallery are for children under 8, but parents, guardians and older siblings are very welcome to explore along with them. Tullie House is hoping to open a permanent children’s gallery in the future, and for this pilot exhibition they would love your feedback on what they’ve got right and what could be done better.

Please note: children must be supervised at all times. Gallery admission charges apply.

Suzanne Manuel