Discover more about the animals, plants and birds that surround us in a playful, new exhibition for families.

Based on the book, ‘Wild Hares and Hummingbirds: The Natural History of an English Village’, the exhibition brings together the celebrated nature writing of Stephen Moss with beautiful, original illustration by the graphic artist Stephanie Cole.

Explore nature through the changing seasons of a year with fun, interactive, hands-on activities. And, throughout the summer holidays there are even more wildlife activities to enjoy at Wildlife Wednesdays.

Discover Nature Through the Seasons

Summer to Autumn

This is the season of plenty: awash with wild flowers, insects and baby birds. On lazy summer days it is hard to believe the season will ever end.

Explore the season by creating your own butterfly and investigating the bug hotel to see who’s moved in. Try a spot of pond dipping with magnets. Learn about the food chain and see how floods impact the landscape.

Summer landscape illustration

Autumn to Winter

As autumn takes hold, the swallows depart south, while winter thrushes arrive from the north. Creatures feast on the autumnal glut of food, preparing for the winter to come.

Explore the season by harvesting the fungus on the mushroom mound and helping the animals and mini beasts to find shelter.

Autumn landscape illustration

Winter to Spring

The New Year dawns with the chill of winter still in the air. Gradually, the first flowers appear, followed by bumblebees and butterflies, then returning migrant birds, as spring finally arrives.

Explore the season by sheltering from the elements in the cosy winter sleep pods. Dress up as a wild hare and and hear the song of the thrush.

Winter landscape illustration

Spring to Summer

The countryside is full of life: birds are nesting, wild flowers blooming, and colourful insects are on the wing. Dawn sees the daily chorus of birdsong.

Explore the season on a virtual bike ride around a Somerset village. Create your own medley of bird song and follow the glow-in-the-dark trail to find where the field vole is hiding.

Spring landscape illustration

Visit the Exhibition and Wildlife Wednesdays

Entry to the exhibition is £3 per adult, £2 per child, £10 per family (2 adults + 3 children). Under 3’s are free.

Wildlife Wednesdays are £2 per child

Wild Somerset

‘Wild Hares and Hummingbirds’ is part of a summer of exhibitions, events and activities at the Museum of Somerset where visitors can explore more about the natural world #WildSomerset

Why not also visit ‘Reedbeds and Waterways‘, an exhibition of artworks by printmaker Jackie Curtis celebrating the landscapes and wildlife of the Somerset Levels.

Dates and locations

The Museum of Somerset
  • Saturday, 20th July 2019 - Saturday, 26th October 2019, 10:00 - 5:00