Family-friendly museums in London
2/11 Natural History Museum
Big Bus Tour: Stop 36
It’s hot competition for the biggest wows between the massive skeleton of Diplodocus in the main hall, the T Rex in the herd of animatronics or the Blue Whale. The latest exhibit is a 42,000-year-old baby mammoth called Lyuba, found by a Siberian reindeer herder and the star of a new mammoth exhibition, which opens on 23 May. But the entire museum is really a turn-on for children of all ages, especially activities such as ‘build a bee hotel’ and ‘make a volcano erupt’.
There’s also a fascinating exhibition this summer (until 28 September) devoted to early man, including a life-size model of Neanderthal man. The big, although expensive, treat is an overnight ‘Dino Snores’ experience, where seven- to 11-year-olds can spend the night in the museum, including a torch-lit trail through the dinosaurs gallery.
Price: Overnight stays, which require a minimum of five children and one adult per booking, cost £52 per head. General admission to the museum is free.
Open: Daily from 10am to 6pm. Info: 020 7942 5000; nhm.ac.uk
Tube: South Kensington