Today we found ourselves all without plan on the same rainy day, so headed out to one of our favourite haunts – Exeter Museum or Royal Albert Memorial Museum and art gallery to use the official name. It is a great little museum, we particularly like the way exhibits on the ground flour are arranged in time order – from fossils to air raid shelters.
The finds are all local and it makes you feel that you might also happen across some similar things in your garden.
A lot of the exhibits on the second floor are from world collections – always makes me a feel a bit sad all those kills – but it does seem only right that they are in a museum now, and are displayed so beautifully – the butterflies are stunning and to be able to stand next to a buffalo or polar bear and grasp their shear size is always worth doing.
The collection is not all about animals though, and I found myself particularly drawn to items dealing in textiles – like this Charkha given by Ghandi to a friend, these famous charkhas are portable spinning wheels giving families self sufficiency and independence. Himself enjoyed the section covering 1600s- 1800s , and our son liked the Romans and the fossils.
We always enjoy a visit to the museum, and each time something new catches our interest.