Thursday, 11 September 2014

The British Museum with Kids

The British Museum never figured on my list 
of toddler-friendly activities in London. 

Maybe because of its collections 
{toddlers are not very keen on ancient statues} 
or because of the big crowds of visitors  
who flock from all over the world. 

So, when the Museum invited us 
to a special event for families, 
the Toddler and I set out to discover 
how child-friendly the British Museum really is. 

A Mum in London

Eight Mummies

The event took place at the Ancient Lives New Discoveries exhibition, 
where one can see eight perfectly preserved, never unwrapped mummies 
and discover their secrets with the help of technology. 

Along with an overly enthusiastic Toddler 
who kept talking about 'kissing the mummies', 
we followed the family trail.   

The Toddler had the chance to uncover hidden amulets, 
spot ancient toys and see what's inside the mummies 
{sounds spookier than it really is}.

A Mum in London

Only Children Allowed

Since it was a 'families only' event, 
there were lots of children and one didn't feel bad 
about their children speaking loud 
or tapping on the glass to 'wake up the mummy'. 

The museum's staff was very helpful 
with storing the buggies and providing information 
{fold-up pushchairs are stored for free in the cloakroom}, 
while the Gallery café has a kids eat free policy 
when you buy an adult meal. 

A Mum in London

Child-Friendly British Museum

The British Museum has many free activities 
for children of all ages; 
you can visit the Families' Desk to collect 
activity backpacks, trails and art materials. 

For children under 5 there are 
two especially designed trails and two new sessions: 
Little feet: all wrapped up, a journey to ancient Egypt through the senses
{28 November, 10:30-12:00, free drop in} 
and Little feet: mess it up, an exploration through messy play and art creation 
{5 December & 8 December, 10:30-12:00, free, limited spaces}.

The British Museum also plans to establish special family views 
for their upcoming exhibitions. 

We can't wait!

The British Museum, Great Russell Street, open daily 10:00-17:30. Admission free.
Nearest Tube stations are Holborn & Tottenham Court Road.
Find out more about the British Museum's family activities


  1. Wonderful. I used to work in a building just behind the British Museum. I took it for granted every single day. How I kick myself now! Lovely post! (: x

    1. Thank you, it really is a great museum. I know the feeling, I take so many things for granted too in this wonderful city!

  2. I think it's a wonderful idea to have family viewings. It would make the whole experience a lot more enjoyable for people, including those without children!

    1. You're so right, this would be win-win for everyone :)

  3. How fantastic that they put on a special children's event for you! I think it is a great idea to make BM more child friendly as it is one of my favourite museums since childhood.


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