Our top pick of museums & galleries now open for kids & families
- 07 September 2020
- Derby Museum and Art Gallery
Since March we've curated our top picks of activities and events for all the family to do at home and we've loved seeing your creations! Now that cultural spaces across the country are starting to open their doors, we've picked five fantastic galleries and museums that have recently reopened to the public. Take the whole family along for a day of learning and fun.
Looking for more days out with the kids? Don't forget you can browse our website to find galleries, museums, libraries and a variety of cultural spaces near you.
1. Serpentine Gallery, London
Championing new ideas in contemporary art since it opened in 1970, the Serpentine has presented pioneering exhibitions of 2,263 artists over 45 years, showing a wide range of work from emerging practitioners to the most internationally recognised artists and architects of our time.
The two (free) galleries are situated five minutes walk from eachother on either side of the Serpentine Bridge in the Royal Parkof Kensington Gardens - perfect for a family day out!
2. Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Ditchling, East Sussex
The impact of the many artists and craftspeople who came to live and work in Ditchling from the beginning of the 20th century onwards established this village as one of the most important places for the visual arts and crafts in Britain. The museum exists to tell this story in the beautiful setting in the heart of the village just 8 miles north of Brighton. Being able to see special objects and works of art and craft in the village where they were made is a rare opportunity. It offers a unique way to consider how the objects were made and who they were made for.
The Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft offers a thriving learning programme for all ages in the fantastic Clore Learning Space, and free family trails for temporary exhibitions as well as hands-on family explorer trails for the permanent collection.
We're pleased to see this museum reopening for a limited number of visitors and children up to the ages of 16 get in for free. Families can also download a free nature activity sheet inspired by the exhibition. Plan your visit to Ditchling.
3. Horniman Museum and Gardens, London
The Horniman Museum has been open since Victorian times, when Frederick John Horniman first opened his house and extraordinary collection of objects to visitors. Since then, the collection has grown tenfold and includes internationally important collections of anthropology and musical instruments, as well as an acclaimed aquarium and natural history collection.
Visitors come time and again to explore the free museum, take part in activities and enjoy the 16-acre gardens. And they discover something fascinating and mesmerising every time.
Take a look at the family activity packs and trails before your visit. The Museum is free, but everyone must book a ticket online in advance to visit. Find out more.
4. Derby Museum and Art Gallery
With longstanding and temporary exhibits, the Museum and Art Gallery boasts paintings and artefacts that are of both local and international significance. Visit the exquisite collection of Joseph Wright paintings. March through the Soldier’s Story exhibition to see the range of weaponry and objects, both military and personal.
Pop on your adventure hat and explore historic artefacts from thousands of years ago, within the Archaeology Gallery. You can even take a 360° tour of the galleries ahead of your visit.
5. Tate Liverpool
When Tate first opened its doors to the public in 1897 it had just one site, displaying a small collection of British artworks. Today there are four major sites, including Tate Liverpool, and the national collection of British art from 1500 to the present day and international modern and contemporary art, which includes nearly 70,000 artworks.
Tate Liverpool is an engaging gallery with free events and exhibitions, with fun for all the family. All visitors will need to book a timed ticket online before visiting.