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The Scottish Maritime Museum will join The Wild Escape, a major new project uniting museums and families to discover nature in museums, as part of a bumper programme of family fun over the Easter school holidays.

Families visiting the Museum on Irvine Harbourside between Monday 3 and Sunday 16 April will enjoy a host of activities.

Throughout the holidays, families can take up the self-led Wild Escape ‘challenge’ to find a favourite animal in their local museum and create an artwork imagining its journey to a natural habitat.

The Wild Escape project aims to raise awareness of biodiversity loss and encourage everyone to look for nature positive solutions. Children will be also able to submit their creative work made during the ‘Make and Takes’ to a collective work of art imagining a better future for the wildlife on our doorstep launching on Earth Day (Saturday 22 April).

As well as The Wild Escape, young visitors can enjoy the Museum’s ever-popular Easter Trail throughout the holidays.

Easter Sunday (Sunday 9 April) at the Museum also promises everyone a cracking good time with an Easter Egg Hunt, guess the number of eggs in the jar to win the bunny, ‘Make and Take’ Easter Craft alongside the Easter Trail and The Wild Escape.

The Museum will also put on 30 minute ‘Powering the Lights’ STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) taster sessions at 11am, 1pm and 2.30pm on Thursday 6 and Thursday 13 April.

During the STEM taster sessions, children aged 7-12 years will investigate sources of renewable energy and how they can keep a lighthouse shining bright. Afterwards, visitors can tour the Museum’s new exhibition celebrating lighthouses, ‘Following the Lights’.

Everyone can also go craft daft with Easter Craft Workshops, creating Walnut Shell Boats for Sailing Chicks (Wednesday 5 April), Origami Bunnies (Friday 7 April), Woolly Bunnies (Wednesday 12 April) and Spring Sheep (Friday 14 April).

 The Easter Craft Workshops will take place at 11am, 1pm and 2.30pm and can be booked at the front desk.

 All activities are included in Museum admission. Up to three children go FREE with each Adult/Concession ticket.

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Issued on behalf of the Scottish Maritime Museum by
Joanna Harrison, Mobile: 07884 187404


The Wild Escape

    • The Wild Escape is an opportunity to join the urgent conversation about climate crisis and biodiversity loss and look for nature positive solutions, in partnership with leading environmental charities the RSPB and WWF and cultural organisations National Trust and English Heritage.
    • The Wild Escape is inspired by Wild Isles, a landmark BBC series exploring the flora and fauna of the UK.

About Art Fund

    • Art Fund is the national fundraising charity for art. It provides millions of pounds every year to help museums to acquire and share works of art across the UK, further the professional development of their curators, and inspire more people to visit and enjoy their public programmes. Art Fund is independently funded, supported by Art Partners, donors, trusts and foundations and the 130,000 members who buy the National Art Pass, who enjoy free entry to over 240 museums, galleries and historic places, 50% off major exhibitions, and receive Art Quarterly magazine. Art Fund also supports museums through its annual prize, Art Fund Museum of the Year. The winner of Art Fund Museum of the Year 2022 is Horniman Museums & Gardens. www.artfund.org
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