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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.
We're housed in a wonderful old warehouse building right on the docks and an easy walk from lots of transport options. When the weather's good, enjoy your picnic on the waterfront, or snuggle into our family-friendly cafe with books, colouring and special lunchtime deals for little ones.
Mudlarks is just for you! Created for under 5s and their carers, this gallery is an interactive play area split into zones. Experiment with floating and sinking in the water play area, load some cargo or dig for treasure in this fun, safe space to learn and let off steam (advance booking advised).
We run a large dedicated programme of festivals especially for families – we’ve won awards for our family events. We’re experts at giving you creative, playful learning opportunities designed to let young imaginations run wild, and all at a friendly local venue.
We’ve placed specially designed playful opportunities for children and families to have fun all through our galleries. From a miniature Sainsbury’s shop in our Sainsbury gallery to a tool bench for shipbuilding in First Port of Empire, get hands-on!
Wind your way through the dark streets of dockside Victorian London in our recreated Sailortown. Peep into the Animal Emporium and chandlers’ shops and pop into the Three Mariners pub for a tipple! But hold your nose and listen out: these streets have smells and sounds as well as sights…
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.
Learn about keeping shop with these fun activities to do in the Sainsbury Study Centre area of the museum during your visit.PDF
Explore the galleries to find shapes in this simple, accessible trail for little ones.PDF
Use this fun trail for 5+ years to structure your visit around our galleries.PDF
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).
Set sail on an adventure through our galleries. Tell stories of travelling the seven seas, test your skills as a sailor and discover treasures from all around the world with our free adventure bags!
Suitable for ages 7+ - just ask at our front desk on arrival (£5 refundable deposit).
Choose to be a sailor or a docker with these fun new family-friendly bags and see what you will discover together at the museum.
Lockers for all your bits and pieces for £1 per use
Our café has kids’ menus, highchairs, buggy-parking, bottle-warming and books and colouring for little ones. 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
Our children’s gallery brings London’s docks to life with hands-on activities, moving models, soft play and a watery zone!