Children discover the Fabry Museum in Hilden with a flashlight

At night in the museum in Hilden
Children discover the Fabry Museum with a flashlight

“Night at the Museum” is the name of the campaign that attracted 20 children and their parents to the Fabry Museum late Saturday night. They experienced an exciting guided tour through history, art and technology.

“I’ve never done anything like this, I’m very excited,” says Johanna, who again checks her flashlight, which has two different light functions, to be on the safe side.

She is just as excited as the 19 other children who are waiting late Saturday night for the start of “Night at the Museum”, a children’s tour through “The Modern Chamber of Curiosities”, the current exhibition at the Wilhelm Fabry Museum. “There was a lot of interest in this children’s tour, based on demand, 50 children could have participated, and ‘Night at the Museum’ is as successful as our children’s day in April with a tour, reading and crafts,” says Sandra Abend. .

First, the museum director introduces the group of children to the museum’s namesake and tells them interesting facts about the individual exhibits in the dark room. “Now I have to get some flashlight action from you,” Abend asks, and they and the respective exhibition are already illuminated by the lights’ light cones, which creates a slightly eerie atmosphere, but also playfully focuses the concentration on the resp. object.

The children are bright, name objects that they recognize, and in pedagogical interaction ask and answer the countless questions in the evening. Attention is called for, after all, at the end of the trip you must answer the quiz questions. With the keyword theriac, older children who have already read Harry Potter know what to do with the mandrake plant.

The sight of a stuffed crocodile over two meters long arouses respectful amazement. Not with Luke, who shines with his flashlight deep into the reptile’s eye sockets. “There are still a few in there,” the seven-year-old says with a meticulous thirst for research. The preparation of a puffer fish also arouses great interest, which almost makes you forget that this species can be very poisonous. Works of art in the exhibition, such as the skeleton graffiti by Cologne artist Thomas Baumgärtel or the dust collection by Jenny Michel, which contrasts with the herbarium, arouse the interest of the children, who then set out in search of a treasure chest left behind by a ghost. are guarded, board. Rain shortens the search, but does not make it any less exciting, and a couple of children seek protection for the accompanying mother for safety’s sake.

But the museum adventure does not end when the treasure chest is conquered, for children can reach into the treasure chest in the old corn distillery, which is now directed by actress Anja Herbertz. Also a test of courage, for almost blindly they must feel for a rubber spider, a silly fish, a handful of mucus, a rusty rattle and a small plush mouse. Finally, Bernd Harreuter, the museum’s technology all-rounder, starts the distillery’s steam engine, which is guarded by a green-blue monster that is not particularly scary, and explains to the children, who know surprisingly well about the harmful effects of alcohol. consumption, the production processes for alcohol distillation.

How well the nocturnal museum guests were aware during the trip is evidenced by the knowledge they present in the quiz at the end. As a reward, all children receive sweets and a soap bubble game.

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