Thanks Groupon, we enjoyed our trip to the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts. The museum is housed in an old library, built to look like a church. It was converted to a museum in 1970 with a donation of a personal, family collection of pre-industrial era tools.
When I take the kids to an exhibit like this, there are two principles I usually follow. I do not take them with friends. Although I like the idea of 'field trips', I find the boys see it as a social event - and who could blame them. Gavin and Mikey get *ample* time during the week to just play and chat with friends. I find that when we go somewhere like this in a group, they are most interested in talking.
Another thing I do is a let the boys lead the way, never ask them to move on, and do not spend the whole visit saying, "hey, come look at this". They are free to explore as they like, sometimes returning to the same exhibit 2 or 3 times.
METC has great artifacts, especially if you've read the Little House Series. A couple of times they had 'ah-ha' moments when they recognized something they had only previously heard described.
The museum is very hands-on, leaving items that cannot be touched, under glass. There is also a basement that houses two great exhibits and a playroom that we took advantage of. We played for a long time at Game of Graces, and we are interested in having a set at home. Gavin said that it definately should not have been a 'girls' game.
We enjoyed our time at this museum and think that you will too.
Get out there and - go!