Based in South Kensington, the Science Museum offers free entry, though some special exhibitions and the IMAX 3D cinema can have a cost. Families are encouraged to try out the many hands-on displays that the museum has to offer as they discover how science plays a fascinating part in everyday life.
Eureka! The National Children’s Museum
Located in Halifax, West Yorkshire Eureka! boasts more than 400 interactive exhibits for children aged 0-11 years. These include Living & Working Together, Me and My Body, SoundGarden and SoundSpace.
National Waterfront Museum
Located in Cardiff, Techniquest is a fully interactive science museum offering children of all ages the chance to discover how things work. Exhibits include race an electric car, launch a hot air balloon and watch a bubble race, to name just a few.
National Space Centre
Based two miles from Leicester city centre, the National Space Centre invites visitors to embark on an out-of-this world experience. The centre features six hands-on galleries, the UK’s largest planetarium and over 150 interactive displays, including the chance to travel through three floors in a glass lift in the 42m high Rocket Tower.
Featuring over 2 million years of history, the British Museum, located in Holborn, Central London is one of the most fascinating museums in the UK. Free family activities happen throughout the year, there are family trails and free activity backpacks, plus object handling sessions.
The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre
Based in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre invites families to learn about the inspiration and tales that lead Roald Dahl to write children’s favourites such as Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Matilda and The BFG.
The World of Beatrix Potter
Located in Bowness-on-Windermere in the Lake District, The World of Beatrix Potter features all 23 Beatrix Potter tales brought to life in a magical indoor recreation of the Lakeland countryside, complete with sights, sounds and even smells. Families can meet Peter Rabbit in Mr McGregor’s garden, discover Jemima Puddle-duck in the woodland glade and visit Mrs Tiggy-winkle in her kitchen.
Natural History Museum
Situated next door to the Science Museum in London, the Natural History Museum is a great place to learn about the natural world. With fascinating, interactive exhibits charting life on Earth, right back to the time of the dinosaurs, children of all ages are encouraged to discover what treasures the natural world possess.
Tynehouse Toy Museum
As the only Toy Museum in the North East, the Tynehouse Toy Museum is home to over 7,000 toys dating back to the 1890s. It has become a firm favourite with families as children of all ages discover how toys have changed (and stayed the same!) over the years.
Magna Science Adventure Centre
Featuring some of the biggest outdoor play areas in the UK, Magna Science Adventure Centre lets families discover all about the elements, Air, Earth, Fire and Water, in a fully interactive environment. Located in Rotherham, children under 4 years go free!