Get the most out of your visit with your children by using our free Family Backpacks and trails to explore the Collection.
The whole family get open access to some of the greatest and freshest exhibitions about childhood, from board games to Doll’s Houses, children’s literature to great design. The whole Museum is free for everyone and you can even opt to join in with the free exhibitions activities run by our team of Volunteers.
Peer in at artist Rachel Whiteread’s tiny community of working Doll’s Houses in our display of artwork Place (Village) and consider who might live in a miniature village like this.
Choose a family Welcome Card from our Information Desk on the Marble Floor. They’ll point you to an Object to visit and suggest some ways to explore the art together. At the moment we invite you to consider the magical squish and squelch of Play-Doh.
If you were a toy what would you be called? Get thinking about the ways toy designers create new characters. Think about what you’ve named your toys and why. Be inspired by our Archives on all things childhood, from Toy Design and Manufacture, to personal accounts of past childhoods.
This Summer, come and join in our school holiday activities including our annual Summer Festival, creative Summer Camps, Family Days inspired by our new exhibition, Michael Morpurgo: A Lifetime in Stories, and much more! Select from our two exciting camps and get ready for jam-packed week of play and creation inspired by our world-class Museum Collection. If you’re visiting outside of the School Holidays, there are free drop-in daily activities on offer as well.
Visit the second floor of the Museum to find our Good Time Galleries, see all kinds of objects that will inspire memories of long hot summers. There are deck chairs to relax in, a Punch and Judy show ready to perform and a sandpit to feel the beach under your feet.
8. Have fun!
On your visit try one of these activities in the galleries to get playful with the Collection:
Strike a pose
Get someone to secretly choose an artwork, toy or piece from the Collection. Once the nominated family member has looked carefully at the object, find a space to try to recreate it using your bodies. The rest of the group can then try and spot the object the pose was inspired by.
Give us a clue
One person should find a portrait, doll or toy in the galleries that reminds them of someone famous or someone you all know (perhaps a neighbour or a friend). With the help of clues, the rest of the group can guess the chosen person.
The Naming Game
One person names a toy, then the next person has to think of another toy starting with the last letter of that toy’s name. A fun way to explore the Museum and a brilliant way to while away the afternoon on a rainy day.