London’s best museums for the families: Top 10

For those of you who have kids we have compiled a 10 Best List of the Best Museums for Children in London.

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To go to a museum is a great way to open children’s minds and to unleash their imagination. The museums in our list are very kids-friendly and offer various activities for them to discover and have fun while they learn. And you never know, maybe the grown-ups will learn one thing or  two!

The Horniman Museum
This museum is for grown-ups as well as for kids. It has really good range of anthropological, natural history collections as well as musical instruments -and it even has a lovely aquarium. It’s a museum that was clearly designed with children and families in mind. It’s a great opportunity for urban children to see rare animals with its fantastic taxidermy collection and to explore, and play with some pretty rare objects or they take part in one of the many activities the museum puts at their disposal.

Its vast garden is a great spot for a picnic with the added bonus beautiful views over London

Address:
Forest Hill
100 London Road
London SE23 3PQ

Website: www.horniman.ac.uk

British museum
The British museum is world famous among many other reasons, thanks of its breathtaking collections that take their visitors though the history of men on earth and the development of our  culture from the very early stages. Its impressive collections and galleries can be a fantastic experience for kids as well as for adults. There are many things to do and see in this museum, and if you are coming to London you should definitely go there. There are many activities for children. For more information about this click here: http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/young_explorers1.aspx

Address:
Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3DG

Website: http://www.britishmuseum.org/

National History Museum

The National History Museum’s Life Galleries contain millions of fossil, plant, mineral and rock specimens. Kids love this museum mainly due to its exhibits of dinosaurs’ skeletons. The galleries of this museum revolve around animal life, the natural forces of the Earth and the action of us, the humans that inhabit it. It can be really interesting for a kid to discover the history of the animals and the Earth through this museums interactive displays.

Address:
Cromwell Road
London SW7 5BD

Website: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/index.html

Science Museum
The Science Museum is composed of seven floors where you can walk across the educational and entertaining exhibits. Moreover, The Wellcome Wing showcases developments in contemporary science, medicine and technology. In fact, the exhibits feature few subjects as the medical history, the contemporary science or the specific principles. This museum is a source of culture and history for kids. It is interesting and fun at the same time.

Address:
Exhibition Road,
South Kensington
London SW7 2DD

Website: http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/

London Transport Museum
Dating from 1890, this is one of the very few museum exhibits you can actually can get on board. This museum features a plenty of family activities, which are almost guaranteed to let you spend a great time with your kids. In fact, for children, the London Transport Museum has an under-fives play area decorated with Steven Appleby illustrations. Not to mention the chance to sit in the driver’s seat of an original “London Cab” or or a “red bus”, drive the tube on the Northern Line simulator through tunnels and up to platforms. Going to this museum is a fun way to learn about London and its travel connections.

Address:
Covent Garden Piazza
London WC2E 7BB

Website: http://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/

V&A Museum of Childhood
The V&A Museum of Childhood features one of the best’s collections of children’s toys, dolls’ houses, games and costumes.
They run a variety of free activities every day, including storytelling, arts and crafts, guided tours and treasure hunts. There are regular exhibitions upstairs and the V&A Museum of Childhood runs special events at weekends and during school holidays. This museum is designed for kids as well as adults. You could find out about historic teddy bears and the origin of many famous toys.

Address:
Cambridge Heath Rd
London E2 9PA

Website: http://www.museumofchildhood.org.uk/

Geffrye Museum
This museum recounts the history of the English Home Interior Design. It showcases original furniture, textiles and decorative arts of a typical middle-class living room from 1600 to the present time. It is a fascinating way to take in domestic history and imagine how families lived their day to day life centuries ago. The museum organises some activities for the children, for more details, go to their website.

Address:
Kingsland Road
London E2 8EA

Website: http://www.geffrye-museum.org.uk/

Bank of England Museum
The Bank of England Museum tells the story of the Bank of England from its inception in 1694 to its role today as the United Kingdom’s central bank now days. To visit this museum is a great way for families to explore the treasures of the many collections of the Bank and its fascinating history.

Address:
Bartholomew Lane
London EC2R 8AH

Website: http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/education/Pages/default.aspx

Museum of London
The Museum of London is a great place to bring your family and learn about London’s history at the same time. Explore characters from London past, see treasures from a Roman temple, experiment the fear people felt during the Black Death and find out the real story behind the Great Fire of London. Downstairs in the Galleries of Modern London, you can experience life as a debtor in an 18th century prison cell, window shop in a Victorian Walk or use our hands-on touch tables to learn about the concerns of 20th century Londoners. You will spend a really good time with your family here.

Address:
150 London Wall
London EC2Y 5HN

Website: http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk

HMS Belfast
HMS Belfast, part of the Imperial War Museums, tells the story of life on board this warship during the Second World War and beyond. You are going to have an amazing experience! Imagine sleeping in one of the tightly-packed hammocks during convoy duties in the Arctic waters, explore nine decks of amazing history, from the heavily protected Shell Rooms to the sights and sounds in the interactive Operations Room. This museum will immerse you in a real adventure! And don’t forget, kids aged 15 and under go free, so families will appreciate this museum even more!

Address:
The Queen’s Walk
London SE1 2JH

Website: http://www.iwm.org.uk/visits/hms-belfast

Check out another website for families who want to bring their kids to London http://kidsinmuseums.org.uk/

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