From creepy stuffed animals to horrible histories, here is a list of 8 wicked and weird museums in London for kids to enjoy. If your kids are into either dinosaurs, space, knights or pirates, then keep on reading our recommendations below!
8 brilliant museums in London your kids will love
If your kid is into cars and planes or just anything with a big engine, chances are high he/she will have a great time in these museums:
为孩子们着迷的国王和王后England, any of these historical museums are excellent choices:
Museums with Dinosaurs and Big Creatures
If your kids are into dinosaurs, the Natural History Museum istheplace to go. We recommend going first thing in the morning to beat the crowds and make a plan in advance for what you want to see. A quieter museum, more low-scale is the Horniman Museum in South East London with an impressive display of stuffed animals intact since Victorian times. Last but not least, in Crystal Palace Park you’ll find vintage dinosaur statues as well as a dinosaur-themed playground.
See London’s most epic roaring T-Rex (for free)
- 享受令人印象深刻的维多利亚博物馆大楼，以英国广播公司的“Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures“.
- Visit the quieter minerals section and admire gemstones collected from all the corners of the world
Natural History Museum is high up on the bucket list of many families visiting London. To make sure you have a successful visit, we recommend making a shortlist of the sections you’d like to focus on. And if you want to beat the crowds, our best tip is to arrive first thing in the morning (like always in London). Since this is one of the most popular museums for kids in London, areas like the dinosaurs section are almost always going to be full of people, while exhibitions like the minerals section are often very quiet.
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Forest Hill,South East London
Meet the giant walrus
- It’s something fascinating and slightly creepy about the big collection of stuffed animals at the Horniman Museum
- You’ll be able to enjoy a stuffed example of the extinct dodo.
- There’s also an aquarium (charged entrance) and small farm (free entrance) with alpacas and bunnies
霍曼博物馆is a great place for kids into the natural world and strange creatures. The oldest exhibition has retained a typical Victorian layout with rows upon rows of dead animals and insects organised to perfection. This is a popular spot for local families during weekends, but it doesn’t get as busy as the museums in Central London.
Museums with Space Rockets and Vehicles
From space rockets and aeroplanes to trains and cars – the Science Museum has it all. Another good option for kids into vehicles and engines is the classic London Transport Museum in Covent Garden.
- Wonderlab（收费的条目）是科学博物馆中充满有趣科学经验的互动画廊 - 我们喜欢它！
- The exhibition “Flight” (free) on the third floor will take you through the history of aviation with an impressive display of original aeroplanes
- “The Garden” (free) is actually a kids area in the basement of the museum
Science Museum has been able to strike a great balance between being entertaining for kids while remaining highly educational at the same time. The result is a museum that the whole family can enjoy, from toddlers to the oldest member of the family. Keep in mind that this is also a large traditional Victorian museum building with a labyrinth of corridors and halls, and it can easily get overwhelming and exhausting for young kids. Our recommendation is to spend some time planning in advance, make a list of priorities for what you want to see and start from the top when you get there!
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Covent Garden,Central London
The engines that powered London through the centuries
- A great display of the historical vehicles that moved people around London through the centuries
- Two highly interactive galleries for toddlers and young children
- Lots of organised events and activities throughout the whole year
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Museums with Knights and Armour
伦敦的历史景点,so plenty to choose from in this category. We love visiting the Tower of London and Hampton Court with our kids because of the wonderful historical reenactments making history come alive.
Tower Hamlets,East London
Knights in shining armour
- Watch and take part in one of the historical outdoor plays taking place outside the White Tower
- See the ravens and learn about their story
- Try to find out what happened to the Princes in the Tower
阅读有关儿童亮点的更多信息Tower of London
- Enjoy the amazing Magic Garden playground
- Look for signs of Henry VIII’s wifes in the Great Hall
- Find your way through the 300 years old Maze
- Make sure to catch the amazing historical reenactments taking place around the palace
Hampton Court is a fascinating palace outside London built by the Tudors more than 500 years ago. If your kids are interested in Henry VIII and都铎历史, this is one of the best places to visit. Hampton Court is also an entertaining palace for younger kids with the medieval-themed Magic Garden playground.
Museums with Pirates and Sea Battles
Set sails and explore Britain’s maritime past
- Dress up like a fishmonger or fix the hull of a ship at the Ahoy! Children’s Gallery.
- Load the cannon and aim for pirates at the All Hands on Deck gallery on the 2nd floor
- Go on an ocean voyage and explore a gigantic map
- Check out all the exciting historical artefacts like Admiral Nelson’s coat
国家海事博物馆inGreenwichis one of the most interactive museums for kids in London. The different galleries for children cover several age groups from toddlers to teenagers, so there’s something for everyone. With several attractions around Greenwich, you can have a lovely day out and combine museum visits with playtime in the park.
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One of the most interactive museums for kids in London
- 一旦世界上最快的船把货物from all corners of the British Empire
- Explore the different decks and cargo areas onboard the ship
- Pretty much all the exhibitions are hands-on making it a great place for kids to explore
- Get a real sense of the ship out on the main deck, as well as a nice view of Greenwich town
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How to plan a great day out with kids at London’s museums?
6 tips when visiting museums with kids in London:
- Check for family-friendly events
- Plan your museum route carefully
- Pick museums with interactive exhibitions
- Consider bringing a packed lunch from home
- Know when it’s time to leave
Many of the museums in London organise scheduled events, demonstrations and lessons that are free for kids to join. You can plan for these by checking the museum websites upfront and booking in advance if needed. Note that many museums like the V&A don’t have a lot of interactive exhibitions for kids, so joining an event like this can add a lot of value to your visit.
We don’t always plan for specific sessions but rather ask the museum staff when we arrive and then decide on the spot. A good resource to use for planning your specific museum events is the wonderful bloggerMuseum Mum他定期在伦敦发布推荐的博物馆展览和活动。
2. Plan your museum route carefully
Don’t underestimate the complexity of museum buildings in London! Many of London’s big museums originate from the Victorian age with labyrinths of corridors and halls on different levels. Even if museums are doing their best to display clear signs and colour codes for different sections, it’s really easy to get confused. Especially when the kids are running in different directions!
Many of the museums have side entrances that are worth checking out if the main entrance queue is very long. If you visit the Natural History Museum, the queue on Exhibition Road is usually much smaller. And the same theBritish Museum- 博物馆后部蒙塔古地方的后门通常更安静。
To avoid getting lost in the labyrinth it’s always good to visit the museum website in advance and have a look at the floor-plan. So when you get to the museum you should be able to follow the signs and get to your first stop quicker without getting lost on the way.
A museum full of interactive elements can really help inspire a child to develop their knowledge and interest. Wonderlab at theScience Museum是一个高度互动的展览的一个很好的例子，该展览使孩子们参与化学，计算，沟通和天文学等主题。博物馆以正确的方式完成了学习经验，可以激发孩子们在与家人度过美好时光的同时。
- Wonderlab at theScience Museum
- All Hands children’s gallery at the国家海事博物馆
- Mudlarks children’s gallery at the伦敦博物馆Docklands
- The Garden at theScience Museum
4. Spark your kid’s interests
In our experience, kids usually get more engaged when visiting a museum if they already know something about the subject beforehand. A good example is the space exhibition at the Science Museum, which has exciting hands-on displays everywhere you look. While it’s easy to get overwhelmed and jump from one thing to another, having some background information about the Apollo missions helped us focus our attention.
So our advice is to give the kids a basic introduction (through documentaries, books, games, quizzes etc.) before going to the museum. This makes it easier for them to digest the exhibitions without getting overwhelmed with information.
5. Consider bringing a packed lunch from home
Extend your child’s attention span and make sure to stock up onhealthy snacks和午餐选择，为您在伦敦举行的大型博物馆节做准备。
Beyond sandwiches, healthy snacks and fruits are also good to have in reserve to use as small bribes!
- Science Museum:When going to the South Kensington museums we always go to the “野餐区” on Level 3 in the Science Museum just outside of Wonderlab where there’s plenty of space and large family tables available.
- 国家海事博物馆: We usually go for a quick bite at theGreat Map Cafe,have apicnic in the parkor get food from one of the stalls inGreenwich Market。
Brilliant Museum restaurants and cafes:
- The Energy Cafe，科学博物馆：热情和冷的儿童友好的菜肴以及足够的空间。
- 野餐区, Science Museum: This is a great place to have your packed lunch after enjoying Wonderlab.
- The Great Map Cafe, National Maritime Museum: We really like the open space, watching the kids play while enjoying our coffee!
- T.Rex Grill, National History Museum: Perfect theme and great for carnivores. Gets very crowded during peak times.
6.Know when it’s time to leave
Visiting museums with kids in London can be very exhausting and sometimes it’s better to throw in the towel (or picnic blanket) and escape to the nearest park! Luckily there are a lot ofparksandplaygroundsin London, so it’s easy to plan for a quick escape and relax for a bit before hitting the tube back.
What’s the best dinosaur museum in London?
Head for the “Blue Zone” in the Natural History Museum where you can see a real-scale T-Rex roam.
Which are the best Tudor attractions in London?
2. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
3. Tower of London
Which are the best car and motor museums for kids in London?
What areyourfavourite museums for kids in London?
We would love to hear your comments and tips!