Visitors to the Lowestoft Maritime Museum in Lowestoft will be able to gain free entry for a week in August in honour of the centre’s special anniversary.

Those visiting between Monday August 12th and Sunday August 18th will be able to get in for free to celebrate the museum being 50 years old last year.

A range of family-friendly activities will also be available, including a trail around the museum with Captain Crabbe and Admiral the Cat, the Lowestoft Journal reported.

There will also be a Fish and Ships challenge and a lighthouse quiz, while some of the exhibitions will be interactive to engage little minds even more. For instance, visitors can paint rocks or make models of ships to take home with them. Those who are able to answer the Captain’s questions as they go round the museum will also be able to win the Admiral’s stamp.

This is in addition to the usual models, activities and displays that are always available. These include exhibitions about the port of Lowestoft itself; lifeboats, lighthouses and beach men; the days of shipbuilding on Lake Lothing; the history of Lowestoft at war; historic photographs and paintings; and the invention of the hovercraft.

Children can also try on different maritime hats, dressing up as pirates and fishermen, as well as have a go at nautical puzzles, and watch archive films in the museum cinema. There is also a scale-model boat collection that is well worth looking at.

While the Lowestoft Maritime Museum turned 50 in August last year, celebrations were so popular organisers decided to host another series of events to honour its birthday this summer.

Indeed, offering free entry last August “proved to be a big success”, and 400 people come to see the exhibition centre with lots of display cabinets full of memorabilia during the week.