Best London Museums for Kids

London is home to many family-friendly museums and London attractions.

Whether you're looking for things to see at the Natural History Museum, exploring the Horniman Museum, or taking a trip of discovery at the Science Museum, there are a host of top museums in London for families. Most London museums offer activities for kids and things to do for children and almost all are free to enter. Take your pick of the top family-friendly museums in London.

HMS Belfast

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.

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Bank of England Museum

Free

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. Download free activity sheets for kids beforehand.

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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.

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The Geffrye, Museum of the Home

Free

Take your kids on a walk through time and explore the history of English interiors at the Geffrye Museum and herb garden. There is a charge for the recommended audio tour guide. Download the fun activity sheets for kids before you arrive.

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London Transport Museum

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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 Interchange, the children's interactive area. Free entry for under 18s.

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Museum of London

Free

Take the kids on a journey through London's past – 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. 

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Museum of London Docklands

Free

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.

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National Maritime Museum

Free

Kids'll 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.

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Natural History Museum

Free

Meet a life-sized blue whale or a roaring T-Rex dinosaur! At the Natural History Museum kids can delve into the Darwin Centre, get hands-on at the Investigate science lab or shaken up in the earthquake machine. Some charges apply.

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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 get hands-on at Launchpad, and young kids'll love Pattern Pod. Some charges apply.

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V&A Museum of Childhood

Free

Take a trip down memory lane at the V&A Museum of Childhood. Join free daily activities, from storytelling to treasure hunts, or explore the collection of teddy bears and dolls' houses. Family packs for under-fives are available.

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The Crystal

Take your children to see the world's largest exhibition about the future of our cities, the Crystal. Through interactive touch-screens, immersive experiments and personal swipe cards, kids learn how to create a sustainable building and how to produce energy. Free to enter for under-18s. Travel there on the Emirates Air Line cable car nearby.

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Horniman Museum and Gardens

Free

The Horniman Museum 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.

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A Map of London's Best Museums for Kids

Bank of England Museum
Teach your kids the value of money in a fun way at the Bank of England Museum. Handle a gold bar and learn about the ghost
The British Museum
London's famous British Museum explores works of man from prehistoric to modern times. See the Rosetta Stone and much more
The Geffrye, Museum of the Home
The Geffrye Museum has lots of fun activities for kids to enjoy. Look out for special backpacks, Quiz Desk and the Feely Box
HMS Belfast
From the Captain's Bridge to the sailor's mess, the warship's nine decks feature hands-on activities and free audio tours
Horniman Museum and Gardens
An aquarium, a hands-on centre and a Nature Base, with live animals plus free kids' activities. The Horniman has it all!
London Transport Museum
Kids can play on real buses and trains at this Covent Garden-based museum. And kids under 16 go free!
Museum of London
Take the kids on an unforgettable journey into the story of London's past. Don't miss the free family events at the weekends
Museum of London Docklands
Discover the fate of captured pirates and take cover in a WW2 bomb shelter at the Museum of London Docklands
National Maritime Museum
Load a cargo ship and fire a cannon in the National Maritime Museum's interative simulator. Plus free family events
Skull at Natural History Museum. Image: Natural History MuseumNatural History Museum
Meet a life-sized blue whale, a T-Rex and a gigantic crocodile; the Natural History Museum has something entertain everyone
Science Museum
Trace the history of the space rocket, meet Sir Isambard Kingdom Brunel and catch a 3D movie; all for free
V&A Museum of Childhood
Join in free daily activities, from storytelling to treasure hunts, or explore the collections of rag dolls and teddy bears