Whether finding unusual things to see at the Natural History Museum, quirky exhibits at the Science Museum, maritime marvels at Royal Museums Greenwich or delving into the history of the capital at the Museum of London and London Transport Museum, there are a host of top museums in London for families.
Most London museums offer fun or interactive activities for kids and other things to do for children, and almost all are free to enter. Take your pick of the top family-friendly museums in London.
The London Transport Museum in Covent Garden hosts exhibitions connecting transport with the history of London. Find more than 80 vehicles, including a red London bus and the world's first Tube train. The galleries are full of exhibits for children to play on. Look out for All Aboard, the children's interactive area. Free entry for under-18s.Read More: London Transport Museum
Step aboard Europe's largest preserved WW2 warship and experience the legend of HMS Belfast. The ship has nine decks steeped in history, from the Captain's Bridge to the sailor's mess, and offers hands-on activities for children. Free family audio tours are available.Read More: HMS Belfast
The British Museum * Free
The British Museum is one of the world's greatest, showcasing objects from prehistoric to modern times. Entertain kids at the Digital Discovery Centre and check out the free events for kids of all ages. Free activity backpacks are also available.Read More *: The British Museum *
Museum of London * Free
Take the kids on a journey through London's past at the Museum of London – from when lions roamed Trafalgar Square, to the city under Roman rule and the 21st-century capital. Don't miss the midweek events for the under-fives and free family events at weekends.Read More *: Museum of London *
Kids will love the National Maritime Museum as there's plenty to engage and entertain young minds. For under-sevens, there's the AHOY! children's gallery, while older children can steer a ship into port at All Hands. Look out for family events during the week.Read More *: National Maritime Museum *
Teach kids the value of money the fun way at the Bank of England Museum. See gold bars from ancient times – even try to lift one – and hear unexpected tales about the Bank's ghostly nun.Read More *: Bank of England Museum *
Science Museum * Free
Museums don't get more family-friendly than the Science Museum. Trace the space rocket's history, meet Isambard Kingdom Brunel or catch a 3D movie. Teenagers can get hands-on at Wonderlab, and young kids will love Pattern Pod. Some charges apply.Read More *: Science Museum *
The Horniman Museum and Gardens is a children's paradise. As well as a programme of free activities for kids, there's an aquarium, a hands-on centre, a Nature Base, plus beautiful gardens perfect for picnics. Some charges apply.Read More *: Horniman Museum and Gardens *
Kids can learn the history of the river Thames at Museum of London Docklands. Venture through the 19th-century Sailortown, let them loose in the Mudlarks soft play area, or join the fun at the free family events during the weekend.Read More *: Museum of London Docklands *
Lover of illustrations? Pencil in a date with The Cartoon Museum which explores and preserves British cartoons, comics and animation. Discover a treasure trove of more than 6,000 original artworks and 8,000 books during your visit.Read More: The Cartoon Museum