Margot with Little Feet: Alfred the explorer backpack


Key information

Visit the Families Desk, Great Court.

Family Desk opening times

Weekends and school holidays: 10.00–12.30 and 13.15–16.30
See additional Families Desk closures.
See London Borough of Camden school holiday dates.


£10 deposit required
Limited availability

Explore the Museum galleries with a themed backpack filled with intriguing items and fun activities. 

There's a dedicated backpack for our under 5s visitors with tools and tips to help you make the most out of your Museum visit. Visitors aged six and over can explore different cultures through a series of hands-on activities. Art materials are available to borrow and all drawings can go home with you to make an instant art display. Please allow 90 minutes to complete your backpack.

Backpacks are only available when the Families Desk, located in the Great Court, is open. 

Information is available to support visits for families with additional sensory needs. Please download the Gallery backpack guide – sensory guide

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There are nine backpack themes available for collection

Little Feet: Alfred the explorer backpack

Little feet: Alfred the explorer

A backpack for under 5s and their families, for use in any area of the Museum.

Under 5s

Cloisonne jar. From China. Ming dynasty, Xuande period (AD 1426-35).

Young artist backpack

Be inspired by Museum objects to practice your mark-making, then take your drawings home with you.

Ages: 3–7 

Objects from the sensory backpack

Sensory support backpack

Resources and ideas to support young visitors with additional sensory needs in our busy Museum environment. 

Ages: 3–11

Brass head of the Oba of Benin.

African adventure

Spot and match the animals, make an animal mask and identify pot designs while blindfolded.

Ages: 5–9

Egyptian mummy mask of Satdjehuty

Egyptian mummies

Identify amulets blindfolded, write your name in hieroglyphs and examine mummification materials. 

Ages: 7–11

Roman Britain Leadenhall street mosaic.

Jobs in Roman Britain

Match modern objects with ancient objects, write on a wax tablet and make a mosaic.

Ages: 7–11

Standard of Ur

Become an archaeologist

Record a skeleton, see cylinder seals, arrange ancient friezes and build a winged-lion.

Ages: 8–12

Head of a King, Statue, Egypt (Room 4)

Art backpack

Enjoy an opportunity to sketch in Museum galleries and take your drawings home with you.

Ages: 8–16

Double-headed turquoise serpent

Marvellous Mexico

Learn about Aztec gods, spin the Aztec calendar and make a turquoise mosaic.

Ages: 9–12