I was very impressed with the layout of the museum as well as the kiddo friendliness. The size of the museum is just right for younger kids...neither of the boys complained about their legs being tired and they never became bored! This is a major thumbs up as far as I'm concerned...we were there for more than two hours! And really, Free Funday Monday didn't hurt in winning me over either.
The collections were all exactly what one might expect to find in a museum dedicated to scouting: uniforms, badges, tools, books, etc. Logan was completely impressed with sheer quantity of badges, patches and pins a scout can earn. Both boys were very impressed with the pocket knives in the collection...they were both positive Grumpa Ric has at least one of but probably a bunch of the same kinds of knives and hatchets at his house and discussed at great length which ones they might be.
I think the best part of the museum for Logan was the laser shooting range and for Caleb it was the Pinewood Derby track. Molly was really unimpressed with all of it.
Logan also like the virtual bike racing game and given his penchant for video games he would've stayed there all day if I'd let him. Caleb was too small for the bike and was therefore uninterested. Molly was determined to climb off the platform as quickly as possible.
My favorite part of the museum was the Norman Rockwell Gallery. I'm pretty sure these were the first Norman Rockwells I've actually seen in person and honestly, each one of them was amazing to look at...not necessarily the subjects (I mean, I have great respect for the Scouts and all...) but the skill and technique of the paintings is mind boggling to me.
All in all we had a really good time and will certainly go back another time. Now that we know there is such a thing we can check for special programs and events. And of course once summer rolls around we will definitely spend a Monday or two brushing up on our knot tying skills and laser shooting range accuracy too.