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Say goodbye to the standard museums, and say hello to interactive exhibits, hands-on experiences, and fascinating stories! If you’re looking for unique and slightly different museums, then we’ve got you covered. We’ve rounded up over 20 of the best kid-friendly museums for you to add to your bucket list, from football fanatics to

  1. National Space Centre, Leicestershire

    Get ready for a day that’s totally out of this world at the National Space Centre! Journey through the six interactive galleries, discover the history of spacesuits, see a replica of the National Space Centre, all before stepping into the legendary Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium and dive right into the atmosphere.

  2. The Story Museum, Oxfordshire
    Jump right off the page and step into The Story Museum, an iconic museum packed full of colour, characters, and of course, stories! Step right into all of your favourite books and discover a world packed full of excitement, live readings, interactive galleries and so much more!
  3. Black Country Living Museum, West Midlands
    Travel back in time at the Black Country Living Museum and discover a world frozen in time and see what life was like 300 years ago. Step inside a working replica of the world’s first steam engine, travel below the surface into an underground drift mind, and discover all sorts of interactive activities on the Victorian streets too!
  4. York’s Chocolate Story, North Yorkshire

    Indulge in the sweetest day out at York’s Chocolate Story, an entire museum dedicated to the history of chocolate! Unwrap over 300 years of chocolatey history and discover the story behind some of your favourite treats, plus there’s plenty of opportunities to try out a few samples too!

  5. We The Curious, Bristol
    Get inspired at We The Curious, an interactive museum aimed to get little minds asking questions and sparking their curiosity! Get stuck in with a series of fantastic interactive exhibits packed full of fascinating lights, sounds and all sorts of sensory experiences. Plus, don’t miss the awesome 3D planetarium too!
  6. Eureka! National Children’s Museum, West Yorkshire

    Discover 100’s of interactive exhibits at Eureka! National Children’s Museum, and get ready to explore 6 unique zones full of interactive fun. Curious kids will get to find out all about themselves and the world around them in a series of hands-on exhibits at the kids museum where touching the exhibits isn’t only allowed, it’s encouraged!

  7. Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, Edinburgh and Lothian

    Ready to have your minds blown? Step into a crazy world at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, with 6 floors packed full of all sorts of illusions and interactive elements, from the Magic Gallery to holograms and illusions, plus there’s even a Mirror Maze, there’s plenty of fun for all.

  8. Shipwreck Treasure Museum, Cornwall
    Ahoy, mateys! Ready to take a deep dive into a world of deep-sea treasures and pirates at the Shipwreck Treasure Museum. Explore over 8,000 deep-sea finds and discover the fascinating stories behind them, feel the weight of a real-life cannonball and you can even explore the historic tunnels too!
  9. The Postal Museum, Greater London

    Discover over 500 years of postal and mail history at The Postal Museum, a fantastic and hands-on museum that’s more than just letters! Hop aboard the Mail Rail and journey through the historic underground tunnels, plus don’t miss stories of quirky vehicles, cryptic messages, and even lions!

  10. The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, Buckinghamshire

    Hands up if you love Roald Dahl books! From giant fruits to wacky chocolate factories, The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre tells the tales behind the famous books and the even more famous author. Discover all about the famous author, plus you can even explore the village where Roald Dahl lived and wrote too.

  11. National Football Museum, Greater Manchester
    Got any footie mad fans in the house? Head to The National Football Museum for a day filled with football fun, where you can explore the history of the iconic game and see incredible displays, including FA cup silverware! Plus, put your footie skills to the test and try out the interactive penalty shootout and see if you can get it past the goalkeeper!
  12. The Natural History Museum, Greater London
    Discover the infamous Natural History Museum in London and find all of the answers to your questions about the natural world around you. From seeing the iconic giant blue whale skeleton to uncovering fascinating facts about the tiniest of insects, it’s a museum that should definitely be on your list of things to do in London.
  13. Jurassic Journey, East Anglia
    Get ready to watch dinosaurs come to life at Jurassic Journey, where you’ll find animatronic dinosaurs, interactive activities and all sorts of dinosaur fun. Discover over 10 fantastic installations with loads of animatronic dinosaurs to meet and interactive fun, including a dino dig too!
  14. Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum, West Midlands
    Get ready for a day full of exciting science at Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum, a day out packed full of fascinating fun. From seeing the stars and planets in the planetarium to playing in the science garden, there’s plenty of interactive fun for the whole family.
  15. Silverstone interactive Museum, Northamptonshire

    Get ready to immerse yourself in all things Silverstone and motor racing at Silverstone Interactive Museum. See all of the most memorable cars, get up close to real-life racewear, and you can even walk on the iconic track too!

  16. Roman Baths, Bath
    Step into a world of ancient history and ancient Rome at The Roman Baths and walk in the footsteps of Romans who lived there over 2,000 years ago. Learn all about the fascinating stories, meet authentic costume characters, and discover the infamous historical site.
  17. Imperial War Museum Duxford, Cambridgeshire
    Take your day out to new heights at Imperial War Museum Duxford! Discover all about the stories of those who lived and worked at RAF Duxford. See giant hangars full of iconic aircrafts and discover exciting exhibitions, plus don’t miss all sorts of exciting events throughout the year!
  18. Techniquest, Cardiff
    Get ready for a science-packed day out full of fascinating fun at Techniquest! Discover lots of interactive exhibitions as you make your way through, and play with water, learn all about electricity and there’s even a robot too!
  19. Big Pit National Coal Museum, Monmouthshire and Gwent
    Head 300 feet underground and step into a real life coal mine at the Big Pit National Coal Museum and explore the tunnels where thousands of men worked. Enjoy the exciting exhibits and meet a virtual miner, plus loads more!
  20.  Horniman Museum and Gardens, London
    Travel around the entire world at the Horniman Museum and Gardens and discover all sorts of fascinating artifacts and collections from all around the world. From musical instruments to natural history, there’s all sorts of different collections and cultures, and there’s even a butterfly house too!

    Well that sums up our list of the best museums for kids in the UK, and we hope you’ve found inspiration! If you’re looking for more ideas, don’t forget to check out some of our other blogs:

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