Families

'If anyone wants to know how to design a child-friendly museum...look no further. From fantastic activities available for free, to the ability (with express encouragement) to touch many of the exhibits, this is the place for children to start learning about the natural world.'

-TripAdvisor review

There are lots of things to do with kids in the Museum. You can download a trail, or pick one up from our welcome desk along with pencils and paper for sketching. We also hold lots of family-friendly events, which we list online. 

We have touchable specimens throughout the Museum: stroke a black bear, get your hands on a 4.5-billion-year-old meteorite and learn about evolution with our Sensing Evolution touchable displays.

As well as male, female and disabled toilets, the Museum also provides a large ‘family-sized’ disabled toilet close to the lift on the lower ground floor. All disabled toilets include baby-changing facilities. Please ask a member of staff if you need any assistance.

You are welcome to bring your pushchair into the Museum, as our wide aisles (built for Victorian ladies in crinolines!) make it easy to get around. If you require lift access, you can enter at the right-hand side (south side) of the Museum and use the lift there. Once inside, you can use the lift to access the upper gallery. Please ask if you need any help, and download a floor plan to help you locate these entrances.

We have a well-stocked café with children's lunchboxes and a great selection of freshly prepared sandwiches, soup, cakes, and hot and cold drinks. 

We do not allow food in the Museum outside of the café area because crumbs attract pests that damage our specimens. We have a lovely big lawn outside, which you are very welcome to use for a picnic.

Mums are welcome to breastfeed anywhere in the Museum, including the café.

Yes! We welcome all visitors to the Museum, and aim to make the experience as good as possible for everyone. See more information about our facilities and help available for families with additional needs, including detailed guides about bringing children with an autistic spectrum disorder to the Museum.

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