Make a beeline for the spectacular Galleries of Modern London, where 7000 objects and interactive displays trace the capital’s tumultuous history from the Great Fire of 1666. Highlights include the chance to step inside an original prison cell, stroll though a life-size reconstruction of a Victorian pleasure garden or street scene and play at being a child in the 1950s in one of the family areas.
Other big-hitters with children are the Animals of Prehistoric London gallery, the Roman London market model, and the War, Plague and Fire gallery. Learning about London in the Blitz or during the Great Fire of London gives kids a real sense of historical London.
At the Docklands site, don’t miss the Mudlarks children’s gallery with its themed soft-play area for under-5s, and Sailortown, an atmospheric re-creation of 19th-century riverside Wapping, complete with the authentic smells. Occasionally during the school holidays and on selected weekends, special events are put on for families, including sleepovers and hands-on activities. Check out the recommendations for the best things to do when visiting with kids.
See the museums’ excellent things to do and see page for suggestions for games and activities to help you make the most of your visit.
Try to time your visit with one of the lively program of free family events such as storytelling and creative workshops, for everyone from babies and up, on weekends and in school holidays. Note that some need booking in advance.
Under 5's are well catered for at Museum of London, with Explorer Bags, term-time activities and essentials such as baby changing facilities and easy access around the museum.