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Making maritime history lots of fun

Children can have fun while learning about maritime history thanks to the launch of the National Museum of Bermuda's Playhouse.

The whimsical exhibit offers 15 interactive stations to try — from “Hey, That's Not My Head!” to “The Mutoscope”.

It is housed inside an old military building in the museum's lower grounds, next to the playground.

Children aged 11 and under can find out about Bermuda's agricultural heyday from 1890 to 1930, leave messages with flags, pretend to be sea captains, and more.

A mural of Seadog Scully the Sleeping Sailor presides over the room, with his beard serving as a nautical knot-tying area and his long pink tongue providing a place to sit down.

The exhibit was conceptually designed by Bermudians Russell DeMoura and James Cooper, and is sponsored by ACE Foundation-Bermuda.

Elena Strong, the museum's curator and deputy director, said: “Today, children are bombarded with tablets and other high-tech gadgets, so we purposefully avoided electronic interactives and sought inspiration from old-fashioned games.”

The museum at Dockyard, which is open from 10am until 4pm, is offering reduced rates while the Commissioner's House is closed for hurricane repairs and restoration.

Adult tickets cost $10, seniors $8 and children under 16 enter for free.

•For more details, visit www.nmb.bm

A new exhibit for children has opened at the National Museum of Bermuda (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

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Published November 26, 2015 at 10:05 am (Updated November 27, 2015 at 3:27 am)

Making maritime history lots of fun

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