First of all, my family and I went to Huntsville just following a huge blizzard that had hit the Southeast U.S. Given that the vast majority of businesses had temporarily closed down for this week, I tried to call ahead in order to confirm that they were open. Numerous, numerous attempts to call ended up in me getting lost in their recorded message hell. When I did connect to the right extension, the phone rang endlessly. The website made no mention of their status given the snowstorm, either. I eventually gave up on Earlyworks, but my wife suggested we drive by. Luckly, the museum was open. This museum is described by the tourguide books as being similar to a science museum, but aimed at history. That is a pretty accurate description. It is obvious that alot of care went into designing the museum, but I don't think it was "kid-tested," so to speak. My kids would have wandered around aimlessly if it wasn't for some Scavenger Hunt forms that we stumbled upon. It is interesting that no one mentioned their existence to us. The Scavenger Hunt involved going into each of the main sections of the museum and answering questions regarding that area. Unfortunately, the answers were often no where to be found in the exhibit and had to be guessed at...something my children had little interest in doing. It would have been a somewhat decent teaching opportunity if the answers had been available somewhere in the exhibit. In sum, the museum makes a good effort, but fails to hold the interest of my kids...their ages are 6, 6, and 9 years old, by the way. Note: I failed to realize that the affiliated Huntsville Depot Museum and Constitution Village close down from November to March.
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