Courtyard garden

A living exhibit

The garden and pond give you a chance to explore living plants and animals. What living things can you find? How do they interact with each other?

Garden Qcards

There are several sets of cards to support investigations in our courtyard garden. Some examples of garden Qcard questions.

  • Do all plants have a smell?
  • What words can you think of to describe different smells?
  • What do you notice about the flower structures?
  • Do the different parts of a plant have different smells?
  • How many different flower structures can you see in the garden?
  • Which of the pictures is most similar to your plant?
  • How many flowers are there on your plant?
  • How many different flower structures can you see in the garden?
  • Which parts of a plant smell?
  • Do all parts of a plant have the same smell?
  • Do all plants have the same textures?
  • Do all parts of a plant have the same textures?
  • What words can you think of to describe the textures of plants?
  • How can textures help a plant to defend itself?

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Cartoon image of footprints disappearing through closing door

The Museum's smallest members of staff are our flesh-eating beetles, Dermestes maculates, who strip carcasses to the bone.