Civil War soldiers, a Talking Tree and whimmy diddles - see them all at the EarlyWorks Museums- Alabama Constitution Village, the Historic Huntsville Depot and EarlyWorks Children's History Museum.
Tues-Sat 9am-4pm all year.
Summer Hours (mid-May through August) Monday-Saturday, 9am - 4pm
I visited the EarlyWorks Children’s History Museum recently with my two boys (5.5 yrs and 21 mths.) We had such a fun time learning new things! We were only able to stay about an hour, and that was not nearly enough time for my crew! I recommend a few hours (or multiple visits.)
This wasn’t a HUGE museum with multiple floors of exhibits….in my opinion, it was better. There were a **carefully selected** series of hands-on exhibits, where quality trumped quantity! Each one was very HIGH QUALITY, with multiple means of learning the topic. There were a great number of details, exploratory options, and CLEAN displays. It was an ideal way for my boys (homeschoolers) to learn!
I thought it would be my younger son that connected with the talking tree, but it turns out my oldest was most delighted. He has just begun to appreciate storytelling, and the tree was a perfect compliment. I posted a picture of him actually hugging the tree!
The boys enjoyed the large map of Alabama on the floor, and walking the steps we took from Georgia to drive to Huntsville.
We made rubbings of the state seal and state flower, both of which the boys were able to remember later on our trip and recall at other museums we visited. The hands-on approach was an important part of this.
Both boys climbed aboard the horse wagon, pretending to take their wares to the General Store. We spent a large amount of time at the General Store, comparing today’s money to the money of old, discussing the old-fashioned “cash register,” peering inside a barrel to see how fragile packages were shipped in straw, and much more.
I loved the MONSTEROUS Keelboat, how it appeared to be floating in the water, and appreciated the addition of the water wheel and gristmill parts!
Did you know Helen Keller’s birth home is only about an hour from Huntsville? There was an interesting exhibit giving tribute to her. My oldest enjoyed learning about Braille, and talking more about sign language (that we have been learning at home.) The addition of the water pump and water sign-language boards made it a neat place to introduce Helen Keller to my son.
I think we spent the largest amount of our time in the hallway leading out of the museum. It is covered with African masks and musical instruments. The boys tried on masks, played the drums, and learned how to make music with new and exciting native instruments!
There is a café on site, with snacks and basic lunches. It was not open when we visited, as we came early to the museum. We were able to purchase a few waters through the gift shop, though.
A TRIO OF MUSEUMS
EarlyWorks Children’s History Museum is one of three EarlyWorks museums in the area. Huntsville Depot and Museum are just down the road (see our review of this museum, too) and Alabama Constitution Village, which takes visitors back to the 1800s. You can save a bit on ticket prices by purchasing a ticket that gets you into two of the three, or all three museums.
This is a fantastic museum for young kids! What an incredible introduction into Alabama – and US – history! I am head over heels for this museum, and so are my boys. I only wish I had planned my schedule so that we could have stayed longer. The exhibits were so clean, well done, and inviting that they wanted to immerse themselves in every one!
I received complimentary tickets from the EarlyWorks Family of Museums in order to give you the scoop. As always, this review is honest and completely my own.
Our son is 2 and we started taking him to the Children's Museum when he was one. It is pretty expensive, but if you plan on going a lot, there is a family year-long membership that includes many museums throughout the country. We are military and have found it worth the price. :)
Since we LOVE the children's museum in Atlanta, this place feels much smaller than that. They renewed the toddler area called, "Biscuit Backyard" a couple of years ago, and my kids still love going there. However, if your kids are not toddler stage, I don't think I'll recommend it. I wish they had more art stations for kids to play and explore.