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10 Best London Museums for Kids

by Veatriki Poulou



London is a real treat for museum lovers and museums are a popular destination among London's many attractions. There are hundreds to choose from, including the British Museum, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum. Some of the cities' top museums have organised loads of activities to keep your little ones engaged, but I will reveal to you my favourite ones! Hope you enjoy your visits there!

1. Natural History Museum

Cromwell Road, Kensington, SW7 5BD | Entrance Free | nhm.ac.uk

What kid can resist the appeal of dinosaurs? While not specifically a children’s discovery museum, the Natural History Museum has one of the world’s most famous dinosaur exhibits. The museum features the first T-rex fossil ever discovered plus a specimen of the Baryonyx, a large carnivorous dinosaur. It also has exhibits split into four zones. The Blue Zone has a life-size model of a blue whale that leaves kids in awe, while the Red Zone, dedicated to geology, takes the whole family on a journey to the centre of the Earth.


2. Science Museum

Exhibition Road, Kensington, SW7 2DD | Entrance Free | sciencemuseum.org.uk

Hint: Visit The Garden in the basement of the museum for non – stop fun. From giant tubes that carry whispers to a flying saucer that radiates white light, it’s an ideal place for 3 – 6 year olds to discover science through play. / Επισκεφθείτε το The Garden στο υπόγειο του μουσείου για ατέλειωτη διασκέδαση. Από τεράστιους σωλήνες  που μεταφέρουν ψιθύρους μέχρι ιπτάμενους δίσκους με λευκό φως, είναι ο ιδανικός χώρος για παιδιά 3 – 6 ετών για να ανακαλύψουν την επιστήμη μέσα από το παιχνίδι.


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Do not miss out the "WONDERLAB: THE EQUINOR GALLERY": Fuel your imagination and immerse yourself in a world of wonder at the most spectacular interactive gallery in the world.

With over 50 mind-blowing exhibits, shows and demonstrations to enjoy, Wonderlab is an experience unlike any other.

Spread across seven different zones, there's loads of opportunity to get hands on with real scientific phenomena. Take part in live experiments at our Chemistry Bar, see lightning strike before your eyes, play with forces on giant slides or travel through space under a canopy of stars.



3. V&A Museum of Childhood

Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9PA | Entrance Free | vam.ac.uk/moc

While taking the kids to a museum housing toys they can’t touch may seem like a disaster, the V&A Museum of Childhood makes an extra effort to include interactive exhibits that will keep little hands busy. 

Interactive storytelling inspired by well – loved animal tales. Daily activities / Free Drop – in Monday – Friday 14.00 Animal Magic (18 months – 5 years)

Διαδραστική αφήγηση παραμυθιών εμπνευσμένη από αγαπημένες ιστορίες με ζωάκια.

Καθημερινές δραστηριότητες  / Δωρεάν Χωρίς κράτηση  Δευτέρα – Παρασκευή 14.00 Animal Magic (18 μηνών – 5 ετών)


4. Museum of London 

150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN | Entrance Free | museumoflondon.org.uk

The Museum of London is the world's largest urban museum, packed with historic objects and exhibitions telling the story of London's past. What a best way for the little ones to discover prehistoric London, the city under Roman rule, and the grandeur of medieval London.

Hint: Mini moles babies group : from 6 months old to pre – walking , free advanced booking / Little moles toddlers group : from walking to 5 year olds , free advanced booking  / Mini moles babies group : Από 6 μηνών έως σε ηλικία που αρχίζουν να περπατούν, δωρεάν κράτηση / Little moles toddlers group : Από την ηλικία που αρχίζουν να περπατούν έως 5 ετών, δωρεάν κράτηση.

5. Museum of London Docklands

No1 Warehouse, Hertsmere Road, Canary Wharf, E14 4AL | Entrance Free | museumoflondon/museum-London-Docklands

Hint: Mudlarks Children’s Gallery: An interactive space for children up to 8 years old and their parents and carers. Open daily 10.00 am – 17.30 pm during school holidays, 14.00pm – 17.30 pm during term time. Entry free , ticket required. / Mudlarks Children’s Gallery : Ένας διαδραστικός χώρος για παιδιά ηλικίας έως 8 ετών και τους γονείς τους. Ανοιχτά καθημερινά από τις 10.00 – 17.30 στις σχολικές διακοπές, 14.00 – 17.30 όταν τα σχολεία είναι ανοιχτά.

6. Victoria and Albert Museum

Cromwell Road, Knightsbridge, SW7 2RL | Entrance Free | vam.ac.uk

The Imagination Station is all about creativity and ideas. Activities are designed by artists and are often inspired by current exhibitions and displays. Activities vary from working together with other families to contribute to a temporary display or independently where you can chose to take something home. The Imagination Station is a free, drop – in activity available during school holidays from 10.30 – 17.00 / Το Imagination Station είναι τα πάντα για την δημιουργικότητα και ιδέες. Οι δραστηριότητες είναι σχεδιασμένες από καλλιτέχνες και συχνά εμπνευσμένες από τρέχουσες εκθέσεις και εκθέματα. Οι δραστηριότητες ποικίλλουν από συνεργασία μεταξύ οικογενειών μέχρι συνεισφορά σε ένα προσωρινό έκθεμα ή ακόμη και να διαλέξεις κάτι για να το πάρεις μαζί στο σπίτι. Το Imagination Station είναι δωρεάν δραστηριότητα, χωρίς κράτηση διαθέσιμη στις σχολικές διακοπές από τις 10.30 – 17.00.

7. Transport Museum 

Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E 7BB | Kids go free, Adults £17,50 – Tickets are valid for 12 months | ltmuseum.co.uk

The London Transport Museum hosts exhibitions connecting transport with the social and cultural history of London. Inside you'll find more than 80 vehicles spanning 200 years of London's history, including a red Routemaster bus and the world's first Underground steam train.

Hint: Every school holiday parents, carers and children can make – and –take in the craft workshops, and join in with the latest storytime tales. / Στις σχολικές αργίες και διακοπές οι γονείς και τα παιδιά μπορούν να επισκέπτονται τα εργαστήρια κατασκευών και να συμμετέχουν στην αφήγηση παραμυθιών.


8. Geoffrey Museum

136 Kingsland Road , E2 8EA | Entrance Free | geffrye-museum.org.uk

While not specifically a children’s museum, kids can enjoy pretending to go back in time at the Geffrye Museum of the Home. Founded in 1914, this museum explores the home setting from 1600 to the present day through a series of period rooms. Take a walk back through time and see how domestic life has changed. The rooms are presented chronologically with an introduction. Each room features the type of furniture popular in an English home at the time. The museum is currently closed for renovation and is expected to reopen in spring 2020.

9. Maritime Museum

Greenwich , SW10 9NF | Child from £9, Adults from £19 | rmg.c

With 10 free galleries to explore, it is perfect for kids interested in pirates, shipwrecks and adventure, and has an interactive children’s gallery where youngsters can learn about maritime technology while loading cargo, arming a cannon and sending semaphore signals. Kids can also easily spend hours playing and working together in the interactive boatyard, where exploration and adventure come to life. Older children will appreciate the Ship Simulator gallery, where they can try to pilot a ship and steer it into port.

Hint: AHOY! The brilliant children’s gallery for 0 – 7 year – olds is free and open daily, so weigh anchor and come on over to the National Maritime Museum for a boatload of fun and adventure! / AHOY! Η εξαιρετική παιδική έκθεση για παιδιά 0 – 7 ετών είναι δωρεάν και ανοιχτά καθημερινα, γι΄αυτό μη χάσετε αυτή τη συναρπαστική περιπέτεια στο National Maritime Museum!