November 1996

More Than a Museum

Volume 79, Issue 11

Children are urged to touch, make waves and "tong" for oysters. Adults can build a fish, pet a swimming ray or learn the basics of carving decoys.

There is something for everyone at the Virginia Marine Science Museum in Virginia Beach, Va.

Unlike most museums, where kids are cautioned, "Don't touch!", displays encourage children to pet stuffed beavers, raccoons, muskrats and opossums. There are buttons to push, where taped recordings explain displays, and the height is perfect for the average 5-year-old.

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Raymond S Shelton