Even though it is the summer holidays, the opportunity for learning never stops and visiting a museum on your trip to London is an excellent way to discover something new. Amongst the capital cities many thrills and attractions are a whole host of family friendly museums just waiting to be explored. Whether you have a science mad youngster or a little explorer, there is something to suit all ages and tastes. And with the unpredictable British summertime weather, you needn’t worry about keeping dry. Read on for our top 5 picks of the best London museums for kids.
Natural History Museum
As one of the most iconic and beautiful buildings in the capital city, the Natural History Museum is sure to captivate the minds of both young and old. Get up close and personal with nature, discover fascinating creatures, and delve into the science behind it all. There are plenty of opportunities for the kids to get hands on and investigate real nature specimens, as well as getting all of their questions answered. Highlights for children include coming face to face with a T Rex in the Dinosaur exhibit and seeing the skeleton of a 25m long blue whale dangling from the Hintze Hall ceiling.
London Transport Museum
Located in Convent Garden, the London Transport Museum delves into the history of London and how transport became an integral part of the capital city. On display are more than 80 vehicles, including the iconic London red bus, the first Underground train and a train carriage from the 1800s. Step into the driver’s seat and take your place inside the driver’s cab of a bus, or try the Northern Line Tube simulator and guide your train through tunnels and in to platforms. In addition, there are also plenty of galleries to keep you entertained, filled with posters, signs, maps and uniforms from throughout the ages.
Bank of England Museum
Founded in 1694, take a walk through the history of the Bank of England from its very beginnings through to the important role it plays today in the country’s money system. Kids will love taking a look at notes, coins and gold bars from eras past and can even try to lift a bar if they think they are strong enough. Learn about the importance of money in society, how the Bank of England keeps prices stable and how they keep the financial system secure. Don’t forget your #GoldVaultSelfie before you leave!
The Science Museum
Proving that science doesn’t need to be boring, The Science Museum is one of the most popular museums in Europe, attracting more than 3 million visitors each year. It certainly can’t be missed out of our list of London museums for kids. There are exhibits for every age group spread out over 7 floors, with plenty of games, interactive opportunities and simulators. Take charge of the Appollo 10 rocket, discover basic Science principles in the Launch Pad, and stop by at the inhouse IMAX cinema to catch a 3D show. There are over 15,000 object on display so you will definitely find it hard to fit it all in to one visit.
V & A Museum of Childhood
Last but not least on our list of London museums for kids is the V & A Museum of Childhood. Discover an amazing collection of children’s toys, games, costumes and doll houses with pieces dating from the 1600s to the modern day. Children can see just how much things have changed over the years as well as spotting some similarities to the way we live today. There are lots of opportunities to get involved with free daily activities, storytelling and treasure hunts to partake in. Test out the different rocking horses or build a lego masterpiece, the kids will be entertained for hours.
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