Family fun in Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature

Produced as part of Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature

On now until Sunday, 8 January 2023

More about this Exhibition

With lots of fun activities, Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature is a wild and wonderful experience for all the family.

★★★★ – The curators have worked hard to make sure there is as much for little ones as nostalgia-hungry grown-ups.

The Times

Explore our exhibition to learn about Beatrix's creative childhood in Victorian London, her scientific studies and the inspirations behind her world-famous books. Did you know she was a successful Lake District farmer and natural conservationist?

Seek out activities just for you
Look out for this mark * and any pairs of eyes watching you to discover family-friendly moments.

© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Try your hand at being a scientist
Take a peek into some specimen cabinet drawers to see what Beatrix has been collecting in nature and have a go at solving some puzzles. Then get up close and personal with wildlife through the microscope.

Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature
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Cosy up in the storytelling corner
Take a seat to read and listen to some of some of Beatrix's best-loved tales and verses. You can also flick through a replica of the letter Beatrix wrote in which she first brought Peter Rabbit to life.

Experience the real places and animals that inspired Beatrix
Join some of Beatrix's characters as you step into the worlds of the tales. There's a stepping-stone challenge to get Squirrel Nutkin to Owl Island, some of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle's laundry to try on, and a treasure hunt to find Jemima Puddle-Duck's eggs. But be careful – keep an eye out for hiding places you might need to get away from Mr. McGregor!

Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Journey into the Lake District
Have a rest on our landscape seating and immerse yourself in the beauty of the fells all around you through our large-scale cinematic film.

Psst!
Did you hear that? Don't forget to look out for signs of different animals along the way – who do you think is hiding in the walls?

Relaxed family view
Visitors on the autism spectrum or with neurodiverse conditions, sensory processing difficulties or mobility impairments and their families and carers can discover the exhibition in a quieter environment.

Find out more about the Beatrix Potter: Relaxed family view

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