Get your passport to explore Essex Museums this summer

Lifestyle / Tue 21st Jul 2015 at 12:08pm

A selection of Essex museums have signed up to a Museum Explorer Passport scheme for young visitors this coming summer holiday.

Encouraging exploration and discovery, the Explorer Passport offers families missions to complete along the way, as well as a stamp in their passport per museum visited.

Passports and stamps will be handed out in 21 museums, not only across Essex but also in neighbouring counties Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.

Out of the 21 taking part, nine museums are located in Essex:

Barleylands (Billericay)
Braintree District Museum
Chelmsford Museum
Colchester Castle
Colchester Natural History Museum
Essex Police Museum
Harlow Museum
Hollytrees Museum (Colchester)
Hylands House (Chelmsford)

In addition, the free passport has five missions to complete including ‘visit a museum you have never been to before’ and ‘complete a trail in one museum.’ For visitors that complete all five missions there is a Museum Explorer Certificate available in recognition of their extra achievement.

County Councillor Roger Hirst, Cabinet Member for Customer Services, Libraries, Planning and the Environment said: “The Museum Explorer Passport has been developed to show families across the three counties the range of fantastic and affordable summer activities that are available right on their doorstep.

“Why not try something new this summer and explore the history of Essex and beyond.”

Museum Development Officers in each of the three counties have worked together to devise the Museum Explorer Passport and this has been supported by funding from SHARE Museums East and Essex County Council.

Find out more about the passport and how or where you can pick one up on the website: www.museumexplorerpassport.com.

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