Things to do and see
Have fun exploring the galleries by playing some of our family friendly games together.
Activity sheets & bags
Family activity bags suitable for children aged 4-11 are available to borrow FREE of charge from the information desk. Additionally activity sheets are also available for children aged 5 and over. Or why not download some of our activity sheets in advance from the list below?
War, Plague and Fire activity sheet (PDF, 1,465kb, opens in a new window)
Galleries of Modern London activity sheet, 4-7 yrs (PDF, 2,346kb, opens in a new window)
Galleries of Modern London activity sheet 1, 7-11 yrs (PDF, 1,427kb, opens in a new window)
Galleries of Modern London activity sheet 2, 7-11 yrs (PDF, 1,810kb, opens in a new window)
The Four Givens
Check out our new digital storybook. Borrow an iPad from our information desk and follow Jasmine and Sam on an adventure through the galleries as they hunt for The Four Givens - four important truths that could shape our lives…
The story is suitable for families with children aged 10 and above.
We have range of fun online games suitable for children of all ages and abilities. So try your hand at creating a costume, become a time pirate or even dig for treasure! Play online now
Pick a case in any gallery. One person in the family is given 60 seconds to memorise as many items in the case as possible. When the minute is up, they turn their back to the case and try to remember as many items as they can during an agreed time.
All the colours of the palette
Each member of the family picks a colour or material. You then need to find something in each gallery to match this colour or material. Try to stick to primary colours (red, black, blue, brown, white, yellow) and simple materials (wood, stone, metal, bone, textile, pottery). Remember that modern materials such as plastic haven’t been around for very long! For younger children this can be adapted to look for just colours and/or shapes, something round, square, oval or rectangular for example.
Yes or no?
As you walk around the gallery, pick a favourite object. The rest of the family then have to guess which object each person is thinking of by asking questions that can only be answered ‘yes’ or ‘no’. For example: Is it made out of metal? Is it broken? Was it used for cooking? until they correctly identify the object.
Pick a painting or object in any of the galleries. Each person then thinks for three (or more) words they fell best describe it, is it big, pretty, plain, colourful, decorated, smooth, ugly etc. Share your words and see if they are the same. If not, talk about why and how are they different.
If you visit the Museum with young children why not bring paper and crayons so they can sit and draw if they get tired.
Come up with some games of you own and share them with us. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try to put them on the website.