Yesterday, we decided to have our once-in-a-while cultivated afternoon. So the little one and I picked up Karsten when he was done with work and we went to the Aboa Vetus, a mixture of art and archaeological museum with excavated fundaments of medieval Turku. When we were entering the building I noticed that I forgot our baby carrier, which was stupid because now we would have to carry the little one on our arm all the time. But then the most amazing thing happened: The guy at the ticket counter welcomed us and then said apologetically: “I am very sorry, but the archaeological exhibition is not suitable for strollers. You can take the stroller to visit the art exhibition, but it won’t work downstairs. But I could offer you a baby carrier for downstairs if you like to!”
Can you believe it? Not only do they apologize for an exhibition that is not made for strollers, no, they even offer you a solution. For free! That’s what I call amazing service and a baby-friendly environment! Name me one museum in Germany where you experienced the same!
Needless to say that the exhibition about medieval Turku was done very well and very child-friendly too, with nice descriptions, games and riddles. At the end, there was a big dollhouse with medieval furniture and dolls and a big sign “Do play!”. Afterwards, we sat down in the museum café and had tea and cake. With the little one. No one stared or looked angry. On the contrary, there were at least three other babies as well.
All the time, the little one behaved extremely well. She was happy looking at the displays and touching the old stones, the only sound was an occasional cry of joy. What a great afternoon! And what a cool feeling to be somewhere, where babies are not just endured but welcomed instead.