Learn about Mansfield and the surrounding area


More about XplorActive...

Xploractive is the Environmental Gallery at Mansfield Museum and home of our resident eco-warrior - Eco Dude! Opened in November 2004, the gallery explores the environment in an entertaining and interactive way. In doing so, it suggests how children can make a difference in sustaining and improving the world they live in.

With loads of activities to engage visitors of all ages, why not pay Eco Dude a visit - bend, twist, count, trace, rub, follow, solve and even fish as you learn how to take better care of the environment. Our new and ever-improving XplorActive gallery provides fantastic opportunities for children to learn about their local environment, its history, people and natural features - and what they can do to help preserve it.

Crammed with cool things to do and loads to learn!

Put yourself on the MAP
Start your adventure by building Britain in a giant jigsaw. Next, find out where Mansfield fits in to the big picture.

Help yourself in the KITCHEN
Discover how cooking up sensible choices in the kitchen can make you a fitter, healthier person, and make our planet a better place for everyone.

Dig the GARDEN
Unearth the secrets of your green patch. Get close to plants, consider compost and help your feathered friends survive the cold winter months.

Make it in MANSFIELD
Find out which industries have kept the people of Mansfield busy over the years and explore the changes to the local landscape made by the town's industrial heritage.

Stroll in the PARK
Football, bowls and even ice-skating - ever since the Victorians introduced them as places for workers to relax, Mansfield's parks have played a big part in our lives. Leaf through the town's leisure time, past and present.

Escape to the COUNTRYSIDE
Investigate agriculture and learn how it affects the way we see the countryside. Probe the secret world of hedgerows and find out who lives there.

Wander through the WOODLAND
Watch the seasons unfold and take the 'Spot the Tree' test.

Dip a toe in the RIVER
Drift downstream on this priceless provider of water to homes, industry and leisure - and a bustling home for wildlife. Learn how you can help to look after this vital resource.

...and see for yourself how pollution harms a river and the creatures living in it.

The gallery is compact and manageable for even the youngest guest, consisting of seven sections taking you from the kitchen to the garden, where streets, parks, countryside, rivers and forests unfold.

Although Mansfield Museum makes every effort to inform visitors of changes to information and opening times, we are sometimes unable to do so due to unforeseen circumstances - please contact us before making travel and other arrangements to avoid disappointment.

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