The best of London museums for kids and families

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Whether you are travelling to London with your kids or are a Londoner looking for something fun yet educational to do with your kids and family, then some of the London museums are your go-to place. London city offers a variety of things for you to do with your kids and family. But many of those activities can be restricted to a good weather day only. So don’t let the unpredictable London weather spoil your plans and make a weather-proof visit to the London museums with your kids. 

The most popular museums of London are located in the central part of London city. Therefore to easily explore these great museums you should look for London city hotel deals when booking your stay. 

One of the most exclusive hotels to live in central London is the Montcalm Royal London House. Its ideal location, comforting ambience and quaint atmosphere that too in the heart of the city provides the perfect place to come, relax and refresh after all the museum hopping that too with kids. Finding a good hotel package in London will help you budget and plan your holiday better. 

Here’s an extensive list of all kids friendly museums in London, along with crucial details about them. Here we will discuss the best free museums in London for kids, toddlers and preschoolers. We will also suggest some travel tips and information about which museums have school holidays fun and free family workshops. In these kids friendly museums there are interactive activities for kids to indulge and participate in, activities that are age appropriate, workshops, events, galleries and attractions that they will surely love. 

Natural History Museum

One of the most popular museums and attractions of London, the Natural History Museum is great for kids and adults. Like many other museums of London, this one is also free for the public to explore and see. Exhibiting a vast range of specimens, the museum comprises 80 million items within five main collections- botany, entomology, mineralogy, palaeontology and zoology. The museum is also a research centre. Take your kids to the Red Zone to witness the monstrous Earth Ball, and unique finds of the earth like real gold nuggets and a piece of kryptonite. Then head to the Green zone for a wall of fossils and also the interactive Investigate Centre where kids can explore with microscopes and other scientific tools. At the Hintz hall see Dippy the Diplodocus skeleton cast and the dinosaurs that rule the Blue zone of the museum. You can then explore the Dinosaur walkway and of course don't leave without witnessing the massive Blue Whale model in the mammals exhibitions.

Though the museum is free, some exhibitions and experiences can incur a fee. After the memorable time you will have here make sure you take away a keepsake from its souvenir shop.

Location: The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD.

To stay in easy reach of major London museums, book yourself a stay at Montcalm Royal London house in the city of London.

Wonderlab Science Museum

Though it is said to be great for kids aged 7-14, this museum is actually great for toddlers and preschoolers too. Another free museum for the kids, some exhibitions might incur a small fee. This museum is also one of London’s most popular and sought after attractions. The science museum here hosts over 50 hands-on science experiments, exhibits and activities for your kids and for you to witness and admire. Spread over three levels, the demonstrations here are one of a kind. The museum has a dedicated zone for toddlers at the Science Museum, an interactive gallery where kids can learn about science in a fun way through several games and activities at The Gardens on basement level.

Location: Exhibition Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD

Enjoy a great meal in between you museum exploring at some of the great restaurants in and around Finsbury Square. 

The London museum of transport

An absolute favourite for toddlers and preschoolers, this unique museum is a must visit. Here you will exhibit and display about the evolving and present use of London’s transport system. The most popular section for kids is the All Aboard Exhibition, a play zone for kids that is great for kids aged 0-7 years. The kids do lots of activities here relating to transport like repairing a mini tube train with toy tools, pretend to play in the ‘Lost Property’ office, make announcements like the train driver or make customer information announcements. The baby space is great for infants to have some sensory time at the Baby DLR. 

Location: Covent Garden Piazza, Covent Garden, London, WC2eE 7BB UK

The household cavalry museum

If you and your kids are in awe of the London royal family, then this museum is just perfect for you. It gives you a detailed exhibit about the life of royals in London. Witness the troopers from Queen’s Life Guard ceremony which is great for kids as it can be difficult to see the actual ceremony with kids because of the crowds and early hours. Kids can wear costumes, and indulge in several art and craft activities related to the royals of England.

Location: The Household Cavalry Museum, Horse Guards, Whitehall, London SW1A 2AX 

The National Maritime Museum

Another great museum for kids and families located in the heart of the gorgeous Greenwich neighbourhood of London is the National Maritime Museum. Kids are always fascinated by sea life, and the AHOY! Children’s Gallery is great for kids aged 0-7 years. From polar exploration to becoming a swashbuckling pirate there are several fun things for kids to do here. The museum is free on weekdays but the weekends are not. For a little older kids you can visit the All Hands Children’s gallery here.

Location: National Maritime Museum, Romney Road, Greenwich SE10 9NF

National Army Museum Chelsea

Introducing kids to the day to day life and events of soldiers in the army, the museum offers numerous activities, roleplays, exhibitions and galleries that will be fun for your kids. From activity backpacks, events and workshops that include not only kids but the whole family makes this museum a favourite amongst tourists.

Location: National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London United Kingdom SW3 4HT