Museums and Galleries to visit with children
London's Transport Museum
Travel through time and discover the colourful story of London's famous transport system, from 1800 to the present day, through exciting displays of buses, trams and trains. KidZone has hands-on areas where fun activities help children learn about different aspects of transport. There are regular programmes of events, children's craft workshops and monthly tours of the museum depot.
Address: London's Transport Museum, WC2E
Phone: 020 7379 6344.
Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum contains hundreds of exciting interactive exhibits with sections on ecology and the animal world, along with the new Earthquake Experience and the Dinosaur Gallery. Highlights include the new tyrannosaurus rex, which moves, roars - and smells! The adjoining Darwin Centre allows visitors to meet Museum curators and researchers, to find out about their work, recent scientific discoveries and the Museum's vast collections.
Address: Cromwell Road, SW7
Phone: 020 7942 5000
Science Museum holds the world's most comprehensive collections of science, technology and medicine. Features include a Space Gallery, where you can see the Apollo 10 command module and the new Wellcome Wing, boasting Digitopolis - an entertaining look at modern technology and the IMAX cinema. Launch Pad, the interactive area, is always popular with children.
Address: Exhibition Road, SW7
Phone: 0870 870 4868
Victoria and Albert Museum
From puppet making to turban tying, there's always a huge range of activities for children of all ages at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Embark upon an adventure across the museum with the museum's Backpack Tours and Activity Cart, both filled with exciting hands-on activities including jigsaws, stories, puzzles and construction games.
Address: Cromwell Road, SW7
Phone: 020 7942 2000
Great displays on familiar National Curriculum topics, such as The Ancient Romans and the Ancient Egyptians
Address: Great Russell Street
Phone: 020 7323 8299 (information desk)
Just round the corner Whitechapel Gallery can offer visitors a variety of contemporary exhibitions all year round. This beautiful gallery space has a great history, as great as some of the art works they have exhibited. This very local gallery also often has art workshops on offer for families.
Keep up to date with the latest workshop opportunities by checking their website: http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/learn/families-and-children/
Address: 77-82 Whitechapel High Street London, E1 7QX
Phone: 020 7522 7888
In a striking location on London’s bankside, the Tate Modern always has something on for families and children. You can even climb to the very top of the gallery to see beautiful panoramic views of London that can challenge a trip on the London Eye and all for free! A free audio guide is also downloadable on your phone (visit the website for more details) There are also free activities to pick up and take round with you. There’s so much inspiration at Tate. Why not sketch one of the pictures or sculptures that have impressed you the most? And why not show us? Ask your adult to take a picture and show us on Twitter.
Address: Bankside, London, SE1 9TG
Phone: (0)20 7887 8888
National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery
Located in nearby central London, why not see two great galleries in one day, especially as they are just round the corner from one another. Both beautiful national treasures have lots to offer visiting families and children including activity packs and trails as well as offering art workshops regularly keep up to date with art workshop oppurtunities by checking their websites:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London WC2H OHE
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN
National Gallery :https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/visiting/families
National Portrait Gallery: http://www.npg.org.uk/whatson.php
National Portrait Gallery :02073060055
National Gallery: (0)20 7747 2885
Wilton Music Hall:
Great local building with a lot of history! You can also walk through a virtual Wilton's whilst playing a game based on true events from Wilton's past. Perfect if you want to take a look around from abroad, or from the comfort of your own home. (Available now on iPhone and Android phones). Keep visiting the website for upcoming art workshop opportunities for families. There are also lots of fun things to make and do on their website: www.wiltons.org.uk
Address: Wilton’s Music Hall, Graces Alley, London E1 8JB
Phone: 020 7702 2789
Admission Price: FREE