The Powell-Cotton Museum combines amazing collections, a stunning house and extensive gardens. 

Student examining bugs at the Powell Cotton Museum

The Museum Safari enables students to become the explorer, hunter and early conservationist Percy Powell-Cotton.

Itinerary: Museum Safari
Provider: Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex House & Gardens, Birchington, Kent
Subjects: Science, Geography and History
KS: 1 and 2

Pupils can explore the world with the adventurous Powell-Cotton family, embark on a safari in the natural history galleries, journey through time and cultures and handle fascinating objects.

An exciting programme of learning activities can be tailored to different ages and abilities, and one or more workshops can be combined with an exploration of the museum galleries for a full day out.

10am: Arrival at the museum, which offers free coach parking, and welcome by a member of the learning team before dropping off coats and bags

10:30am: The Museum Safari enables students to become the explorer, hunter and early conservationist Percy Powell-Cotton as they discover the fascinating animal dioramas and spot some of the incredible animals he encountered on his journeys. They learn about animals, adaptation, habitats and food chains, whilst handling real furs, skins, skulls and horns. Alternatively teachers can opt for workshops such as object handling, an interactive storytelling session or the chance to make traditional African clay coil pots or textiles.

11:30am: In the interactive gallery pupils follow in Percy Powell-Cotton’s footsteps, find out what’s hiding in the cabinets and get hands-on in the Cube area which features items from the handling collection along with books and computers to further studies.

12pm: Break for a packed lunch. Indoor space is available and there are picnic tables in the gardens when the weather is good.

12:30pm: Students travel through Africa and Asia as they journey through the eight galleries which include an Angolan model village and the intriguing answer to the question of how you transport a giraffe.

1:30pm: Visit Quex House to see the oriental drawing room where the Powell-Cottons hosted guests and peek into the family’s library.

2pm: Take a walk outside and test you students’ knowledge of trees and see what produce is growing in the walled kitchen garden. There are seven acres of historic gardens and natural woodland to explore.

2:30pm: End of the adventurous day and walk on the wild side with a well-earned sit down on the coach back to school.

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