I was expecting a fairly small museum, of the kind every local school child has visited in Year 4 with a clipboard. However, I was hugely mistaken – this is not a quaint little building with a few dated exhibits and one ancient but enthusiastic guide who tries to sell you a bookmark when you leave. It is actually a grand, imposing building with many floors and rooms full of interesting artefacts and art. It’s a sort-of mini British Museum and Tate Gallery combined.
My daughters were interested in the ancient Egypt things, my husband in the Roman things, and myself in the art. (Note the use of the “Oxford comma” before the ‘and’ just then!). The art I was most impressed with – several rooms full of impressionist paintings, including artists my kids had even heard of: Constable, Gainsborough, Van Gogh and Manet.
We could have spent a lot longer there than we had, so we’ll probably re-visit again soon. Definitely worth a look, particularly if you’re interested in ancient history. And it’s free! (Suggested donation £5.00 and well worth it.)