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“Kids did not find this that enjoyable...”

Earlyworks Museum Complex
Ranked #22 of 76 things to do in Huntsville
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Owner description: Interactive children's museum focused on teaching about Alabama history.
Reviewed 18 January 2011

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.

Thank Ajay368
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Reviewed 13 August 2010

Having went to the Tellus Museum, we expected another museum that would hold the kids interest. Didn't happen. Kids were less than excited.

Then the worst happened. My youngest daughter went up in the treehouse and unbeknownst to us there was a pile of feces on the floor. She stomped in it and my other daughters went to grab her and also had to step in it. What a mess!

We had to take them to the bathroom to clean up. The bathrooms were in need of cleaning also.

Reported it to the front desk and they called in a clean up crew but said nothing about getting our kids cleaned up.

The upstairs is somewhat worthless.

We were in and out of there in an hour and that included getting the kids cleaned up as best we could.

Became the talk of the trip.

2  Thank MLISTC
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Reviewed 10 June 2009

We took our 2 year old granddaughter.She had a great time at the hands on museum. Constitution Village and the Depot are very educational and great tours.We will return.

Thank elected
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Reviewed 31 July 2008

There is a play area for younger kids - where my daughter had a great time (4 yrs old). I think kids up to 6 or 7 would enjoy this play area as well.

The remainder of the Early Works Museum would appeal to slightly older kids. My only issue was the main portion of the museum is dark. This scared my daughter.

Thank S_MadisonsMom
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Reviewed 26 June 2011
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