When in London, the museums are a must-visit. The rich culture and history of Britain, excellent curation and displays at the museums in London are reasons why families should make time for museum visits. Museums are also weatherproof – given the dreary weather in London at times, they could be fun hangouts. Here are our favourites to visit in London.
Must-Visit Best Museums for Kids in London
Natural History Museum
Located in South Kensington, London’s most famous museum Natural History Museum is about earth’s natural history. Meet Dippy the diplodocus, Sophie the Stegosaurus and many other fascinating animals – in either bones or stuffed. Its vast range of specimens will leave you wandering the various halls amazed at our planet’s biodiversity.
Where: 1881, South Kensington
Imperial War Museum
My favourite of the lot – Imperial War Museum covers both World Wars in great detail. Start from the basement to learn about World War 1 which then gives one a good inkling of how World War II started. There are plenty of visual aids, videos, multimedia aids, artefacts as well as anecdotes that gives much depth to the war narratives. Don’t miss the Spitfire, car wreck and ballistic missile in the main hall!
Where: Lambeth Road
If you love seeing ancient artefacts and sarcophagus, British Museum’s collections will blow your mind. Its eight million works is probably the largest and most comprehensive, documenting human civilisation from the earliest records. Look out for the best known artefacts such as the Rosetta stone, Bust of Ramesses the Great, Mummy of Katebet, Samurai Warrior and more. There were also lovely museum volunteers telling stories of their personal favourite artefacts to young visitors!
Where: Great Russell Street
Another museum located in South Kensington, Science Museum is dedicated to get people to enjoy science. It’s a highly rated attraction with iconic objects, award-winning exhibitions, hands-on workshops and Science demonstrations.
Where: Gloucester Road
London Transport Museum
All about transport obviously, fans of buses, trams, trains must visit this museum! It has galleries of vintage London trams, trains, buses. There are interactive galleries to see and even a Tube-driving simulator.
Where: Covent Garden Piazza
Royal Air Force Museum
Besides land transport, children would love aviation-related exhibitions. The Royal Air Force Museum London is free for visitors! Learn about the Royal Air Force who protected the skies during the world wars, see the iconic Spitfire and Hurricane. Fly one of the planes and head to the playground!
Where: Grahame Park Way
Technically not a museum but what can be cooler than visiting a museum ship permanently docked near London Bridge? It played a crucial role in protecting the arctic convoys and also in the Battle of North Cape. Hop on the mighty war ship! Read more about a visit to HMS Belfast.
Where: The Queen’s Walk