London has so many museums, and it can be really difficult to decide which one is best to visit with kids. As a family living in Central London, we have handpicked a list of our favourite museums. Hopefully, this can be of help when you’re planning your next museum adventure!
Most important is to have fun
Museums can be dreadfully boring for a child if there is no interest in the subject and nothing to touch or play with. On the other hand, a good museum full of interactive elements can really help inspire a child to develop their knowledge and interest. Done in the right way, museums can give interesting, immersive learning experiences, inspire imagination, present unknown worlds, and facilitate quality time with family.
Visit the right museum
We think it’s really important to pick your favourite museums based on what your children are interested in giving them the opportunity to develop further. As you’ll see, our kids are currently fascinated by dinosaurs, space rockets, Vikings, animals and mummies which is also reflected in our choice of museums. By regularly taking our kids to museums, they get to take ownership of their own learning and develop and explore their own curiosities.
Help inspire your kids
The big national museums in central London are often very busy and crowded, and it’s not always easy to spend quality time with your child explaining while walking around. What we try to do is to combine the museum visits with some up-front basic fun exploration of a topic. Then they have a basic foundation before going, and it will be easier to grasp the essence of the exhibitions. We often watch a documentary together with our kids, read a book on the subject or just simply talk with them to spark their interest before going to the museum.
Our list of the best museums for kids in London
The Science Museum is just packed with family friendly activities and exhibitions from toddlers to teens. More than anything else we enjoyed the Wonderlab exhibition. Read our full review.
London Transport Museum in Covent Garden is a dream come true for any child fascinated by buses, trains and taxis. In addition to the big collection of vehicles, there are plenty of interactive play areas for kids. Read our full review.
The Horniman Museum in South East London is a great mix of indoors and outdoors activities. Inside you can meet a gigantic century-old walrus, while outside you can enjoy fussy small animals like alpacas and bunnies. Read our full review.
The Museum of London makes the city’s rich history come alive. From Romans to Victorians you get a glimpse into everyday life for Londoners through the centuries. Read our full review.