Family visits

Bag searches and large luggage: for everyone’s safety all bags, rucksacks, packages and personal items may be searched before entry. Wheeled cases and large items of luggage are not allowed on British Museum premises. Storage for luggage is available at major rail stations, including Euston, King’s Cross and Charing Cross.

Ideas for families

for families

Activity trails

Exciting free trails to follow at the Museum 

Gallery backpacks

Free activities in a backpack 

Art materials

Borrow crayons, pencils and pads. Just ask at the Families Desk in the Great Court

Highlight objects

12 objects to see with children 

Family guide

Challenge your family to complete fun, creative challenges around the Museum 

Family events and activities

Family events at the Museum

Take advantage the Museum's range of family-friendly activities throughout autumn and winter.

See the family events calendar 


New app for families

Take on Baron Ferdinand's Challenge, a free app based on the Museum's newest gallery, the Waddesdon Bequest.

Find out more 

Information to support visits for families with additional sensory needs

Download support notes

Gallery backpacks guide


Families enewsletter

Sign-up for regular emails about family events and activities

Young Friends 

Young Friend event

Children aged 8–15 can join Young Friends for a chance to explore the Museum at night and many more activities

More about Young Friends 

See latest Young Friends events 

Exhibition visits

Discover special family-friendly activities at our temporary exhibitions. All special exhibitions are free for children.

See current exhibitions 

Facilities for families

Ford Centre

Families Desk

Visit the Families Desk in the Great Court to borrow activities and for advice on your visit.

Open weekends and every day during London Borough of Camden school holidays.

Picnic area and cafés

Families picnic area at the Ford Centre 
Enjoy child-friendly food at the Museum cafés 

Buggies and cloakrooms

Buggies may be left free of charge in the cloakroom, located to the west of the main entrance. Alternatively on weekends families can store belongings in the Ford Centre for Young Visitors.

More facilities for families 

Free digital workshops

Explore Egyptian mummies

Saturday 20 July, 11.00

Find out what it's like to be a British Museum scientist and uncover the secrets of the ancient…

Green screen Greeks

Sunday 21 July, 11.00

Join us in the Great Court to become an ancient Greek athlete, competing against your family on a…

Make a manga comic

Sunday 28 July, 11.00

Discover the secret design language and storytelling techniques of manga and make a story using your…

Visit the Samsung Digital Discovery Centre and discover free digital workshops for families every weekend.

More digital workshops 

Visiting with under 5s


Little Feet programme

Drop in to one of the free Little Feet sessions for under 5s. These sessions offer opportunities for creative play, making and exploring.

Upcoming Little Feet sessions 


Head off to the galleries to practise counting, look for colours and spot some shapes with one of the free under 5s trails.

More about trails 

Alfred the Explorer back packs

Borrow an Alfred the Explorer backpack full of things to help you explore and suggestions of things to do around the Museum.

More about back packs