Top museums for all the family

Don’t let the winter stop you from getting out and about, keep the mind active during the cold months and visit one of these fun museums, with plenty of interactive elements to entertain everyone.

Science museum

What better way to engage the kids during the winter months than a trip to one of the finest interactive exhibitions around? Wonderlab reveals the beauty in the science and maths that affect our daily lives, helping inspire young minds to think about the world in fresh ways. There are 50 exhibits, shows and demonstrations across a variety of zones, each of them exploring different aspects of science, including matter, forces, light, electricity and space – more than enough to keep the family entertained for an afternoon.

National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Until January 2020, you can see National Maritime Museum Cornwall’s fabulous Titanic exhibition, which includes loads of detail about the books, films and television programmes that have been inspired by the tragedy of 1912. Items on display include costumes and props from James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster film starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Horniman Museum

In summer 2018, Horniman Museum and Gardens opened the much-anticipated World Gallery. Its aim is to explore what it means to be human and includes artefacts from around the world and throughout the ages. The 3,000 objects that make up the new exhibition certainly offer a refreshing look at humanity’s many common virtues. With loads of fun interactive displays on offer, this gallery is perfect for kids.

National Museum of Wales

A firm family favourite at the National Museum Cardiff is the Evolution of Wales exhibition, which explores the country’s history over a mind-blowing 4,600 million years, starting with the Big Bang. On the way, you’ll meet dinosaurs, woolly mammoths and more. It’s a fun way to introduce the kids to big ideas that even some adults struggle with.

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

There is loads to see at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Among its many wonders, the dockyard is home to HMS Victory, the Georgian-era warship best known for her role in the Battle of Trafalgar. Find out what life was like onboard this grand vessel.