21 Free Museums For Families

We all love free things, especially free attractions! We want to show you the best free museums near you! You will have a chance to see the amazing collections with your family! From ancient Egyptian mummies, art museums and 20th-century technologies. This is a chance for everyone in the family to learn about the ancient rich different British histories.

With impressive collections and a chance to travel back in time. Carry on reading to find out more about the different free-entry museums near you!

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Free Museums in Scotland

National Museum of Scotland

This amazing museum is a great place, filled with special exhibitions and stunning collections. Everyone in the family will be able to learn something here. From the planet gallery to the animal world gallery. You will be able to travel back in time and learn about the different histories.

Check out our page on the National Museum of Scotland for more information.

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Chambers St, Edinburgh EH1 1JF

Opening Times

Monday to Sunday 10am-5pm

Pricing

FREE

Museum of Edinburgh

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The historic rooms are filled with rich history and a chance to see the varied collections. On your journey, you will have a chance to see and listen to the horrible history tales or even explore the colourful mazes.

This family-friendly museum is great for everyone to get involved in and see the collection of items. Check out our blog on the Museum of Edinburgh

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142-146 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DD

Opening Times

Monday to Sunday 10am-5pm

Pricing

Free

Free museums in Ireland

The National Museum of Ireland

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A chance to see the finest collection of Irish heritage and culture here. You will have a chance to see activity trails and understand the strong history of Ireland. Check out the blog on The National Museum of Ireland. 
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Merrion St Upper, Dublin 2, D02 F627, Ireland

Opening Times

Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 14:00 - 17:00

Pricing

Free

National Museum of Ireland-Decorative Arts & History

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A chance to see the hands-on exhibits of Victorian clothing, blue whale skeletons and to even see special events here. This amazing museum will open your eyes to the world of the past and let you go back in time to the 18th century.

You will be able to see different exhibition spaces. From the Irish Wars to exploring Ireland’s geology! There are also upcoming cultural events, making sure the whole family gets involved in the amazing free activities!

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Collins Barracks, Benburb St, Stoneybatter, Dublin, D07 XKV4, Ireland

Opening Times

Tuesday to Saturday 10am–5pm
Sunday to Monday 1–5pm

Pricing

Free

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Free Museums in Wales

National Museum Cardiff

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Want to travel through the years in history? This amazing National museum in Cardiff has a huge collection of animals, art galleries and a discovery centre for the whole family to learn about.

The fascinating collections let’s the whole family learn about the different times in history and ensure this is an educational trip.

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Cardiff CF10 3NP

Opening Times

Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00
Closed 24th - 26th December & 1st January

Pricing

Free

National Waterfront Museum

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Check out the National Waterfront Museum. Filled with fun activities and a chance to experience the latest sensory experiences. There is something for everyone here.

The whole family will be able to learn about the Welsh industry and see the interactive exhibits!

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National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Rd, Maritime Quarter, Swansea SA1 3RD

Opening Times

Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00
Closed 25th December.

Pricing

Free

St Fagans National Museum of History

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A trip to St Fagans is not just a museum visit but a journey through time and a celebration of Welsh heritage. The museum is set in beautiful grounds, and it showcases the rich cultural heritage of Wales through its extensive collection of historical buildings and exhibitions.

One of the highlights of St Fagans is the vast array of historical buildings that have been meticulously reconstructed on-site. As you wander through the museum, you’ll encounter various structures, including farmhouses, cottages, and even a medieval church. Each building offers a glimpse into a specific period in Welsh history, allowing visitors to step back in time and understand how people lived and worked in the past. Exploring these buildings is a fantastic way to learn about traditional Welsh architecture and the day-to-day lives of its inhabitants.

Nature lovers will also find plenty to explore at St Fagans. The museum is set within a sprawling parkland, complete with gardens, woodland areas, and beautiful walking trails. It’s a perfect place to take a leisurely stroll, have a picnic, or simply enjoy the peaceful surroundings.

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St. Fagans National Museum of History
Cardiff CF5 6XB

Pricing

Free

Free Museums in North East England

Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

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The Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens different exhibitions and a chance to see the beautiful outdoors. Here you can enjoy and understand the variety of life that exists on the planet.

With over 1,500 different types of plants and flowers. This exciting museum day is worth a visit.

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Burdon Rd, Sunderland SR1 1PP

Opening Times

Monday to Friday 9:30am–5pm
Saturday 10am-4pm

The Great North Museum

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With permanent collections and a chance to step into a natural science world. This fascinating museum lets everyone get involved in many activities and for the family to have fun together.

Check out our blog on The Great North Museum.

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Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4PT

Opening Times

Monday to Friday 10am–5pm
Saturday, 10am–4pm
Sunday, 11am–4pm

Pricing

Free

Free Museums in North West England

Museum of Liverpool

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The Museum of Liverpool is the largest museum in the UK. From land transport collections to Regional archaeology collections, the whole family gets a chance to learn about the different histories. You will be able to travel through time and enjoy the art exhibitions.

Every week there is an exhibition showing, so make sure you check out the website to find out more.

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Pier Head, Mann Island, Liverpool L3 1DG

Opening Times

Monday to Sunday 10am-4pm

Pricing

Free

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The Grosvenor Museum

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A chance to explore the different collections and exhibitions from the 17th century to 1920s. Here you will be taken back in time and be able to see what life was like in the past.

With a wide range of different events happening this year, this is an amazing free museum which isn’t to missed.

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27 Grosvenor St, Cheshire, Chester CH1 2DD

Opening Times

Tuesday to Saturday 10:30am–5pm
Sunday, 1–4pm

Pricing

Free

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Free Museums in South East England

Oxford University Museum of Natural History

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A chance to see the scientific collections from zoological to geological specimens. This will be an interactive exhibition filled with an amazing history. Check out our blog on the Oxford University Museum of Natural History
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Parks Rd, Oxford OX1 3PW

Opening Times

Monday to Sunday 10am-5pm

Pricing

Free

Booth Museum of Natural History

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Filled with dinosaur skeletons, butterfly collections and a stuffed bird collection. You will see all types of animals here. With over 650 types on display, the whole family will feel entertained coming here.

Check out our blog on the Booth Museum of Natural History.

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194 Dyke Rd, Brighton BN1 5AA

Opening Times

Monday to Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10:00 - 17:00

Sunday 14:00 - 17:00

Closed 24 to 27 December, 31 December and 1 January.

Pricing

Free

Free Museums in London

Natural History Museum

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The Natural History Museum in London is a captivating hub of knowledge, discovery, and wonder. Situated in the heart of the city, this iconic institution boasts an extraordinary collection spanning millions of years. Visitors are treated to a breathtaking array of exhibits, from towering dinosaur skeletons to intricate geological formations. The museum’s exhibits highlight the diversity of life on Earth, including mesmerizing displays of fossils, minerals, and preserved specimens
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Natural History Museum
Cromwell Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 5BD

Opening Times

Monday to Sunday 10am-5pm

Pricing

Free

Imperial War Museum

Imperial War Museum London
Imperial War Museum offers a variety of engaging activities for visitors to explore and immerse themselves in the rich history of conflict. Stepping through its doors, you’ll discover a treasure trove of exhibits, each offering a unique glimpse into the impact of war on societies.

Experience life in a WW1 trench and how it might have felt during the WW2 in London, with recreations of Britain In The Blitz.

Additionally, the museum hosts informative talks, film screenings, and special events that delve deeper into various aspects of military history.

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Imperial War Museum
Lambeth Rd, London SE1 6HZ

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Free

Science Museum

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The Science Museum in London is a captivating haven for science enthusiasts and curious minds. With its rich collection and interactive exhibits, it offers an immersive experience into the world of scientific discovery.

the museum showcases the marvels of engineering, technology, and space exploration.

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Science Museum
Exhibition Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD

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Free

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The Cartoon Museum

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For those families looking for quirky, cool and comedic – we recommend heading to The Cartoon Museum!

You’ll be surrounded by a world of whimsy and creativity, with the museum’s huge collection of British cartoons, comics, and caricatures spanning many decades! Enjoy classic comic strips like “Beano” and “Dandy” to contemporary graphic novels. There’s something for everyone to enjoy!

From original cartoons and original artwork to dedicated areas for beloved children’s characters like “The Beano” and “The Bash Street Kids.” The Cartoon Museum offers a delightful journey down memory lane for parents and grandparents while introducing younger generations to the timeless humour of these comics.

Why not venture behind the scenes of never-seen-before screenshots of the films made, set pieces and models and original artwork too? It’s a family day out that will be filled with ‘wow’ and ‘oooh’ as you laugh and giggle at all the super cool cartoons!

This year is special because The Cartoon Museum is celebrating Wallace & Gromit: The Wrong Trousers turning 30 this year! With a brand-new, never-seen-before exhibit featuring the iconic animated duo – Wallace and Gromit. You can even make your own piece of plasticine history!

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63 Wells Street,
London,
W1T 3PZ

Opening Times

Monday Closed
Tuesday to Saturday 10:30 - 17:30
Sunday 12:00 - 16:00

Pricing

Child (0-18+) : Free
Adult (18+-18+) : £9.50

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Free Museums in South West England

Museum of Somerset

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You will see the largest collection of Roman coins! The whole museum is filled with interactive games, film projections and real objects to keep the whole family involved during their learning experience. 

The museum holds Somerset’s great archaeological treasures. Letting you step back in time and see what life was like in the 4th Century. Check out our blog on the Museum of Somerset for more information.

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Castle Lodge, Castle Grn, Taunton TA1 4AA

Opening Times

Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 - 17:00

Pricing

Free

Topsham Museum

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A 1600s building filled with maritime history, wildlife and different ship collections. The whole family will be able to learn about the geological side to the earth and have a chance to learn about different ships.

The wide and open space lets you roam around, understanding the rich histories being told with each collection. After your eventful learning day, why not visit the team room? You can enjoy the delicious cakes, hot drinks and a chance to reflect on all the old history.

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25 Strand, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0AX

Opening Times

Wednesday to Sunday 2-4:30pm

Pricing

Free

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Free Museums in the Midlands

Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery

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This built-in museum takes you back to the Victorian era. You will be able to see the different types of pottery and objects from the 60’s/70’s. There are temporary exhibitions and activities for the kids to get involved in.

You will also be able to see the collection of portraits and the amazing designs too! There is also a community wall, letting local artists display their work in this amazing gallery.

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Holyhead Rd, Wednesbury WS10 7DF

Opening Times

Wednesday and Thursday 11am-4pm
Saturday 11am-2pm

Pricing

Free

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Lapworth Museum of Geology

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An amazing science museum filled with history from 3.5 million years ago! You and your family will have a chance to see the biggest collection of fossils, rocks and minerals too.

The current exhibitions, let you understand what history was like many years ago and the types of dinosaurs that were alive. This is a great day out for the kids who love seeing dinosaurs, as you have a chance to see the dinosaur bones.

Check out our blog on the Lapworth Museum of Geology

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Aston Webb Building, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT

Opening Times

Monday to Friday 10am–5pm
Saturday to Sunday 12–5pm

Pricing

Free

We hope you have found the perfect free museum near you. Whether you are seeing permanent exhibitions or a collection of paintings. There is something at the museum here for everyone! Don’t forget to pop over to the gift shops and purchase a gift to remember the museums!

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