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.

1. 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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2. Bank of England 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. Download free activity sheets for kids beforehand.

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3. The British Museum

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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4. London Transport Museum

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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5. Museum of London

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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6. Museum of London Docklands

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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7. National Maritime Museum

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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8. Natural History Museum

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. Read More

9. Science Museum

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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10. V&A Museum of Childhood

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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11. 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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12. Horniman Museum and Gardens

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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