20 Best Museums and Art Galleries In London Near Me | Day Out With The Kids

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Best Museums and Art Galleries In London

We've rounded up the best museums and art galleries in London in our quest to discover brilliant family attractions and places to visit near you. There are 164 London museums and art galleries to pick from.Alternatively, why not explore some other sightseeing days out nearby, including tourist attractions. Find the perfect places to go with your kids and get out on your next adventure!

All the museums and art galleries we list are rated according to the ages they are suitable for, facilities and whether they are suitable for rainy days or best when the sun is shining.

Many of the places we list are historic or educational in nature and would be suitable for class trips or as ways to keep the learning up whilst having fun over the school holidays.

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The Postal Museum

The Postal Museum

  • London
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Please note the kids play area is currently closed, and there is newly adapted technology in place due to COVID-19. If you think The Postal Museum is...

Boy driving bus at London Transport Museum in Covent Garden

London Transport Museum

  • Covent Garden
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Does your little one have a need for speed? Take them for a great day of family fun and interactive adventure at the London Transport Museum. All abo...

Body Worlds London

Body Worlds London

  • London
  • Indoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Learn about the human anatomy in a truly unforgettable way with a visit to the award-winning BODY WORLDS exhibition in London. Featuring more than 20...

Father and daughter do activity sheet at The National Gallery in London

The National Gallery

  • Trafalgar Square
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The National Gallery welcomes children and offer Family Walk and Talk Guided Tours, 3 audio tours and 3 more printed children's trails to really help...

Outside view of Royal Academy of Arts in London

Royal Academy of Arts

  • London
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

At the Royal Academy of Arts they offer a warmly welcoming environment for families and encourage children and adults to learn together! There are fr...

Entrance to National Portrait Gallery in London

National Portrait Gallery

  • London
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

At the National Portrait Gallery explore an incredible 200,000 portraits crafted between the 16th Century and the present day in a wide variety of di...

Boy in costume at The Household Cavalry Museum in London

The Household Cavalry Museum

  • London
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Household Cavalry Museum is a living museum about real people doing a real job in a real place. Through a large glazed partition you can see troo...

Sci-fi exhibit at The London Film Museum in Westminster

The London Film Museum

  • Westminster
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The London Film Museum is now the venue for the Bond in Motion Collection, including the famous Lotus Esprit (as a submarine!). This is a chance for...

Outside view of Churchill War Rooms in Westminster

Churchill War Rooms

  • Westminster
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

In 1940, shortly after becoming what would become Britain's most celebrated Prime Minister, Churchill stood in the War Cabinet Room and declared: 'Th...

Exhibition room at British Museum in London

British Museum

  • London
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

There is always something for families to do together at The British Museum. Special family events and activities include: Activity backpacks: Puzzle...

Invisible Superheroes

Invisible Superheroes

  • London
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Invisible Superheroes come in many shapes and sizes, and in this interactive exhibit, you’ll learn how they save the world every single day. Join the...

Photo of the outside of Somerset House

Somerset House

  • London
  • Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Fancy a day packed full of arts and inspiration? Somerset House may be in the heart of busy London, but this creative community and arts centre is a...

Entrance to The Queens Gallery in London

The Queens Gallery

  • London
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Queen's Gallery features more historic art than you can shake a sceptre at, great for artistic and imaginative kids. Family Activity Bags are fre...

Marching band at The Guards Museum in Mayfair

The Guards Museum

  • Mayfair
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Guards Museum is an excellent place to take your little (and large!) military buffs, plus anyone who would like to find out about the role of Foo...

Skeletons at Grant Museum of Zoology in London

Grant Museum of Zoology

  • London
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Grant Museum of Zoology is an old fashioned museum packed with specimens, some of which are curious and bizarre. A great place for kids, especially t...

Boy exploring Science Museum in London

Science Museum

  • London
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Get hands-on and get lost in this interactive scientific adventure at The Science Museum in London. Home to human ingenuity this is a mini scientists...

The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection

  • London
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Love art? If you’re on a family trip to London, you should definitely make a stop at the Wallace Collection. This magnificent gallery is located on a...

Kids exploring at Florence Nightingale Museum in London

Florence Nightingale Museum

  • London
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Enjoy an educational day out with the kids in London at the Florence Nightingale Museum. Take an inside look into the life of the most famous nurse i...

Artefacts at Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology in Bloomsbury

Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology

  • Bloomsbury
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology is an excellent place to take history fans, budding explorers and archaeologists, plus any kids who would like...

Exhibition hall at The Natural History Museum in Kensington

The Natural History Museum

  • Kensington
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Not only is the Natural History Museum an iconic landmark, but a passport to the wildest parts of the world and millions of years of history. Prepare...

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