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From specially-designed interactive children’s galleries, free activity bags and stimulating online games, as well as all-important details like high chairs and baby-changing spaces, we’re a perfect fun family visit.
Our specially-devised gallery for early years and beyond explores the playtime experience for London children through time. Watch 1950s children's TV shows in black and white and imagine how life changed for children when new toys became available.
Take a stroll through history in our atmospheric recreated Victorian street. Check out the wares at the toy shop or see where sir might have had his beard shaved in our real Victorian barbershop!
Relive the excitement of the London 2012 Olympic Games in our dramatic display of the beautiful Olympic cauldron, with its striking handcrafted metal 'petals'. Find out how it was made and watch films showing the huge structure in action.
Get cosy in our recreated Saxon home, complete with glowing embers and sheepskin blankets. Imagine what it would have been like to live in medieval London in a house like this. What might be in that cooking pot, and how did you catch your dinner?
Choose a favourite object and see if others can guess it by asking only questions answered ‘yes’ or ‘no’.
Study a single case of objects during your visit, and then turn around and see how many objects within it you can name.
Peep at the end to see what you forgot!
Everyone chooses a colour or material (remember that modern materials like plastic haven’t been around long!). Search galleries for objects the same colour or material.
Younger children might like to look for shapes as well as colours.
Become a museum explorer with one of our under 5s backpacks filled with games, toys and puzzles to help you delve into our galleries.
Pick one up for free from the front desk when you arrive (£5 refundable deposit).
Lockers for all your bits and pieces for £1 per use
Our cafés have kids’ menus, highchairs, and a buggy room. Our restaurant has kids’ menus, highchairs and a kids eat free offer!
We have indoor spaces for you to eat your own picnics at weekends and during school holidays from 10am – 5.50pm
We have baby-changing facilities to help keep all our visitors happy, even the littlest!
The museum is fully accessible to our buggy and wheelchair users