Homeschool families are encouraged to visit the National Churchill Museum between 9am-4pm on Wednesday, October 9, to take part in creative learning stations throughout the Museum exhibits. Activities include letter string scavenger hunts, sensory treasure hunts, story pages, and word birds for the little ones; interactive exercises about 21st century technology for the middle school age children; and a creative writing exercise for high school age children. A bonus “Meet the Curator” activity includes a meet and greet with the Museum’s curator including a tour of the Museum’s collections space, which will take place from 10:30am-11:30am and 2pm-3pm.
Families interested in participating are kindly requested to register at the National Churchill Museum website, call 573-592-6242 or email Mandy Plybon. Advanced registrations allow the Museum staff to ensure they have enough materials for everyone.
General admission is $3.00-$6.00 based on age. Children 5 and under are free.
The National Churchill Museum on the campus of Westminster College in Fulton, MO is the only North American institution fully devoted to immortalizing the life and work of Churchill. The heart of the Museum is the magnificent Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury, a 17th century Christopher Wren church left in ruin from German bombings during World War II. This beautiful house of worship was brought stone by stone from England to Westminster and restored on campus in 1969.
Beneath the Church is a state-of-the-art Museum that combines interactive technology to tell Churchill’s story through sight, sound and touch. In 2006, Chris Matthews, MSNBC commentator, was present at the opening of this new $4 million exhibition and said its ability to bring history to life in a dynamic, stimulating fashion was incredible and that it rivaled that of the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.
Adjacent to the National Churchill Museum stands a sculpture by Edwina Sandys, Churchill’s granddaughter, entitled “Breakthrough,” which was constructed from eight sections of the Berlin Wall to commemorate the demise of the “Iron Curtain” that Sir Winston had predicted. Visitors may also enjoy the historic gymnasium where Churchill delivered his world famous “Iron Curtain Speech” in 1946 on another part of campus.
The National Churchill Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and every first Thursday of the month observes extended hours until 7 p.m. Regular admission prices are Adults-$6, Seniors-$5, College Students and Youth-$4, Children (6-11)-$3, and Children (5 and under)-free. For more information about the National Churchill Museum, visit www.nationalchurchillmuseum.org.