museums and galleries in south east + south west london
Dulwich Picture Gallery
Gallery Road, London, SE21 7AD
Dulwich Picture Gallery is the world’s first purpose-built public art gallery. Regular events include Family Sundays (a drop-in session where you can make anything from bunting to block prints) and Mini Masterpieces (a hands- on session for babies to get arty – and messy!)
The Florence Nightingale Museum
St Thomas’ Hospital, 2 Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7EW
The Florence Nightingale Museum celebrates the life and work of the world’s most famous nurse. Family-friendly events include craft-making workshops and the chance to meet Miss Nightingale herself.
Greenwich Heritage Centre
Artillery Square, Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, London SE18 4DX
The Centre is based in the old ordnance factory and store at Royal Arsenal in Woolwich. The museum tells stories about the Royal Borough via objects, paintings, prints, drawings, maps, photographs and deeds. Children can take in trails and making workshops.
100 London Rd, Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ
Quite possibly the most hands-on museum in London, Honiman's also has a fabulous garden for families to enjoy. Choose from art and craft workshops, exhibitions (where you are encouraged to touch the displays) and nature walks.
National Maritime Museum
Park Row, Greenwich, London SE10 9NF
The National Maritime Museum is the leading maritime museum of the UK and may be the largest museum of its kind in the world. The historic buildings form part of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site, made up of the Royal Observatory and 17th-century Queen's House. There’s plenty happening to keep pirates and explorers happy.
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road, Kensington, London SW7 5BD
No visit to London is complete without a visit to the National History Museum.
Duke of York's HQ, King's Road, Chelsea, London SW3 4RY
Certain ares in the Saatchi Gallery are specifically geared towards introducing a younger audience of artists and enthusiasts to contemporary art. It’s not as busy as other London galleries so the kids can easily sit on the floor (bring your own pencil and paper) and try their hand at copying some of the art on display.
Exhibition Road, Kensington, London SW7 2DD
Attracting over 3 million people a year, it’s never not busy here but it’s worth a visit – it’s one of the best science museums in the world with plenty of activities to keep the kids busy. Pretty much every exhibition is amazing.
Tate Britain - Millbank, Westminster, London SW1P 4RG
Tate Modern- Bankside, London SE1 9TG
As the name suggests, Tate Modern displays international and modern contemporary art while Tate Britain looks at British art from 1500 to the present day. Both offer family-friendly art workshops and events.
Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL
Situated in area that has known as "Albertopolis" because of its association with Prince Albert (the Albert Memorial, the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the Royal Albert Hall), every Saturday and school holiday, the V&A offers interactive pop-up performances for families in the Museum including theatre, music, dance, storytelling and puppetry.