Top 5 Free Family-Friendly Exhibitions

India Garrett
Dec 12, 2023 By India Garrett
Originally Published on Oct 18, 2019
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With the weather so temperamental at the moment, sometimes it’s best to play it safe and choose an activity that’s indoors. Your kids may roll their eyes when you suggest a museum or art gallery but it’s time to change their mind!

London has plenty of brilliant interactive, educational, exciting and free exhibitions happening across the city. Check out our roundup of the best ones at the moment.

Craft and Graft: Making Science Happen

This is the perfect exhibition for any budding scientists! The Francis Crick Institute have opened their doors to show us what happens behind the scenes and how the research they do impacts our daily lives.

Ever wanted to know how to feed a million fruit flies? Or why an eyelash is such a crucial scientific tool? Now’s your chance to find out!

See how the science happens!

Turn It Up: On Paradoxes

The Horniman Museum and Gardens is currently hosting a brilliant photography exhibition that gives a beautiful insight into Nigerian wedding culture. Your whole family are bound to be fascinated by the images, they’re colourful, joyful and moving.

Make sure you check out the rest of the museum and gardens while you’re there, Kidadlers get 50% off the crazy golf too!

The V&A Museum of Childhood

The V&A Museum of Childhood is home to the UK’s national collection of childhood related objects. It’s a great way to bring history to life for your kids in a relatable and understandable way.

Whether they love Lego, storybooks, dolls or board games, they’ll be able to see how times have changed. You may even spot something you used to play with!

A traditional Punch and Judy puppet show!

Polar Worlds

Any budding explorers out there? You don’t have to go too far for an adventure.

The National Maritime Museum’s Polar Worlds exhibition is all about extreme environments, from polar expeditions to scientific discovery to indigenous communities. There are plenty of other free exhibitions at the museum for you to explore while you’re there, we love Sea Things and The Battle of Trafalgar painting.

Anno’s Journey

This beautiful exhibition at Japan House by children’s illustrator, Anno Mitsumasa, is well worth a visit. His curious, warm and subtly humorous work will appeal and intrigue the whole family. There’s also a small reading library with some of the 300 children’s books Anno has illustrated and a chance to learn some beginners Japanese.

Get a taste of Japan at Anno's Journey


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Written by India Garrett

Bachelor's degree specializing in Broadcast Journalism

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India GarrettBachelor's degree specializing in Broadcast Journalism

A broadcast journalism graduate, India is a lover of adventure, laughter, and cuisine. Growing up as the eldest among her five siblings, India's family always made sure to keep themselves entertained during weekends and holidays. Her favorite childhood memories involve running around in open spaces, summer camping trips, and special visits to the theater. India loves spending time with her two young cousins, taking them to indoor sensory play areas, and teaching them how to bake, even though things can sometimes get messy!

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