Art: bring the children to The Museum of Everything before it closes until further notice

If you haven’t been to the Museum of Everything yet, then you must go and you must go this weekend or next because its closing for who knows how long on February 11th. The current show, Exhibition # 3, curated by Peter Blake from his collection of Outsider Art, is inspiring and full of curiosities. It includes a shell grotto, Tom Thumb’s boots, a series of Walter Potter tableaux (which some people find creepy, but which we love), and a miniature fun fair, made by a Norfolk man called Arthur Windley in his garden shed over 40 years. It lights up and spins into manic action every fifteen minutes, and is completely wonderful. Kids will (and do) love it. But you could take your in-laws or a date or your best friend and have an equally good time. There is a cafe there and a good little shop which sells, among other things, fabulous tea towels (we bought three), great, inexpensive shoppers designed by Marc Jacobs, and the Musuem’s three catalogues – The Books of Everything – chronicling their shows so far; surely destined to become collector’s items themselves, so nab yours now.

The Museum of Everything
Wed - Sun, 10.30am - 6.30pm. The Museum closes on February 11th until further notice.
Behind the library on the corner of Regent's Park Road and Sharpleshall Road, Primrose Hill, NW1
Free admission, but they suggest a £3 donation.
— Daisy
4th February 2011