Naracoorte children can have fun, play and learn at the new Children Museum at the Sheep's Back Museum.
The new museum was officially opened by Governor of South Australia Hieu Van Le on Saturday, after many years of hard work by the volunteers at the Naracoorte National Trust branch.
Speaking at the opening on Saturday, Judy Murdoch said the volunteers had been working on the children's museum on and off for five years.
The museum is housed in a former classroom from Kybybolite Primary School, which closed in 1998.
With the help of the late David Munn, the building was moved to the current location, and local artist Rod Bax, other local artists and volunteers have worked hard to bring the museum to life as a fun, interactive and educational display.
Mrs Murdoch said the idea for an interactive children's museum came from some mischief caused by two youngsters in the museum.
"A volunteer manning the entry desk was delighted to receive a visit from two 10 years old boys with charming manners, who wondered if they could have another look at that interesting display," she said.
"They were upstairs for about 30 minutes which is a long time for 10 year olds to be absorbing history.
"When the volunteer went to check each floor before closing, she was greeted by a remarkable transformation - the hats of the various figures were swapped about onto new figures including the sheep, the farmer's wife was enjoying a puff of the farmers pipe - you can paint a picture of the rest.
"No real harm was done, the props were returned to their regular spot after a good laugh at the children's ingenuity, and a sigh of relief that they had respected the objects, if not in the way they were displayed.
"Our museum workers learnt something from that - firstly, that youngsters enjoy a joke, and can make or take wit and secondly, that they seek to interact with the displays."
Mr Le and Naracoorte Lucindale Mayor Erika Vickery cut the ribbon and officially opened the museum.
The children's museum gives children the chance to touch, explore and try out the exhibits.
It features a display of beautiful local birds, crafted by local school students, and even has a local version of a snakes and ladders game painted on the porch for kids to enjoy.
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