Top UK Kid Friendly Museums to Visit this Summer
To the delight of the kids (and despair of the parents) the summer holidays are finally here! And that means one thing only – frantically finding things for them to do that are easy, affordable and, most importantly, fun! Museums are a fantastic day out not just for your child, but for you, too. Explore, learn, and get them all tuckered out… at least you’ve got one day sorted! Only 41 days to go…
National History Museum (London)
One of the most popular museums in the UK, the National History Museum has a world famous dinosaur gallery. The handy visitors app provides more details about the fascinating specimens on display, while the collection of animals & birds will have kids learning about the animal kingdom. There’s some fab sun-down events too – the Dino Snores event is particularly popular as kids can sleep over and explore the museum at night! Free Entry. Open Mon-Sun 10am-5:50pm.
Science Museum (London)
As the home of human ingenuity, the Science Museum has seven floors of award-winning exhibitions and incredible stories of scientific achievement. There’s a lot of interactive fun to be had, as well as 3D film screenings and workshops. With the Apollo 10 command module, this is an ideal museum for space loving kids. Free Entry. Mon–Sun 10am–6pm.
The Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre (Great Missenden)
Great Missenden was Roald Dahl’s home for 36 years and where he penned many of his famous books. Aimed at 6-12 year olds, this museum helps children look back at his life with three interactive galleries and activities to inspire young writers everywhere. Tue–Fri 10am–5pm; Sat & Sun 11am–5pm. Adult £6.60; 5-18 years £4.40; under 5 free.
National Space Centre (Leicester)
Attention wannabe space recruits! The National Space Centre in Leicester has everything an aspiring astronaut needs. From interactive galleries to the UK’s largest planetarium, and not forgetting the famous Rocket Tower - it’s sure to leave kids breathless. It’s an an out of this world experience! Mon–Fri 10am–4pm; Sat & Sun 10am–5pm. Adult £14; 5-16 years £11; under 5 free.
For an enlightening and educational experience, the Thinktank in Birmingham has everything you need. From steam engines to talking robots, there’s plenty to see and do that will keep children’s imaginations running wild for hours. Including a jam-packed events calendar as well as a Science Garden and Planetarium, it’s a museum everyone in the family will love. Mon–Sun 10am–5pm. Adult £13; Child £9.50; under 3 free.
Eureka! The National Children’s Museum (Halifax)
Explore, discover, and play at the Eureka Museum in Halifax. With six zones, extensive grounds, and creativity space, there’s plenty to see and do for a unique day out. For ages 0-11, this fully interactive museum is full to the brim of exhibits designed to spark their curiosity. Tue–Fri 10am–4pm; Sat & Sun 10am–5pm.
National Museum of Scotland (Edinburgh)
Discover the history of Scotland in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town! The diverse collections of art, nature, design, fashion, technology and science will take you on a fascinating journey of discovery covering everything from meteorites to the creatures from the depths of the sea. This museum boasts a huge Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton cast of the second largest and most complete T.Rex skeletons ever found. With opportunities to dress up, heaps of family-friendly activities plus mini archaeological dig site, it’s sure to be a holiday highlight. Mon–Sun 10am–5pm. Free Entry.
World Museum (Liverpool)
Discover treasures from around the world at the World Museum in Liverpool. Featuring a fantastic Ancient Egyptian gallery, an amazing aquarium, plus a planetarium, bug house, and discovery centre, there’s plenty to see and do to keep them occupied! Opened in 1853, it’s the oldest museum in Liverpool and hosts an amazing range of things to do and see. Mon–Sun 10am–5pm. Free Entry.