For learning and development activities, a museum is a great place to explore
Visit the dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum. Photo credit: Natural History Museum Facebook page
When it comes to museums, we are spoilt for choice in London, with the vast amount of different ones to choose from. They make for a great day out to immerse yourself in British history and culture or interesting scientific facts. Lots of London's museums are family friendly too, so we've compiled a list of our favourites:
Step back in time and discover the history of London's transport. From buses to trains, any transport or engine obsessed kid (or big kid!) will be in their element. Check out the special summer family events happening now and remember kids are free with an accompanying adult.
You can't take a trip into London and not visit the Natural History Museum. The building itself is a sight to see and once inside, there are so many amazing exhibits to explore. Kids of all ages with love the spectacular dinosaur exhibits; with real T-Rex bones, life size models and mechanical moving (and roaring!) dinosaurs to see. In other parts of the museum, check out the gigantic blue whale model or take a journey into the centre of the earth.
The Science museum, especially aimed for kids, makes science interesting and is one of the most visited museums in London. Older kids will love the Launchpad where they'll find over 50 different hands on experiments, while little kids have their own exhibits to visit too, meaning there's something for everyone. Admission is free for everyone and there are plenty of family friendly cafes and restaurants to buy fresh food from.
There's plenty to see and do for busy little hands at this wonderful museum. From classic old toys dating back to the 1600s to interactive exhibits with lego, kids of all ages will love the V&A Museum of Childhood. As well as the exhibits, check out the free daily activities happening, which range from arts and crafts, trails and storytelling.
Not only do visitors get to learn about the history of the World Wars, they can also check out the magnificent tanks, guns and planes in the main gallery. Experience what it was like in the trenches or have a turn of going inside an air aide shelter. A couple of the exhibits are best for older guests, however the museum has drop in activities for families on the weekends and in school holidays and there are often special exhibits and events happening that are family friendly.
Navigate the seas at the Maritime Museum in Greenwich. There's plenty for families and kids to enjoy, including two designated children's galleries and several program activities. Children will love the museum's giant world atlas, the Great Map, which is also continently located next to the family friendly cafe to enjoy some refreshments at.
Find out how friends were selected, collected and put on display before the digital era in the free Friendship Before Facebook display within the British Library's permanent exhibition, The Sir John Ritblat Gallery: Treasures of the British Library.