Outdoor spaces

The UK might not be known for its good weather, but one of the nation's favourite pastimes is getting outdoors and enjoying nature first hand – whether that's visiting an urban park or city farm, hiking at one of the UK's 15 national parks or rambling across the open countryside.

But where do museums fit in to this passion for the great outdoors – and how are they making the most of the opportunities on their doorsteps?


Getting back to nature

Getting creative with outdoor spaces

Connecting to landscapes

Kilmartin House Museum and its collection are intrinsically linked to the landscape

Outdoor trails

The Dales Countryside Museum hopes a new trail, QR codes and commissioned artworks will attract new audiences

Whatever the weather

Clara Lim explains the ethos behind the Thinktank Science Garden - and reveals some of the challenges encountered during its development

Curating outdoor spaces

The Horniman Museum and Gardens has connected outdoor spaces to its collection inside

Your outdoor case studies

More case studies exploring how organisations are using outdoor space

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