museums + galleries in north london
Ben Uri Gallery
108A Boundary Road, Off Abbey Road, London NW8 0RH
Ben Uri is a family friendly gallery with a programme of events for children and adults to explore exhibitions together. They offer an after school film club as well as family trails and drawing classes.
The British Library
96 Euston Rd, Kings Cross, London NW1 2DB
The British Library is the national library of the UK and the second largest library in the world by number of items catalogued. Enjoy free, interactive workshops, discovery days and activity trails that support families to learn together in a fun and relaxed way. There’s no need to book, everyone is welcome and you’ll never be asked to keep the noise down.
Bruce Castle Museum
Lordship Lane, London N17 8NU
The museum is a 16th-century manor house in parkland setting with art and exhibits tracing Haringey's local history. Families can enjoy free art and craft activities, story sessions and special events during school holidays.
Camden Arts Centre
Arkwright Road, London NW3 6DG
Famous for their world-class contemporary art exhibitions and education, the centre offers free, creative and fun entry points to the exhibitions for families. Each exhibition has a Family Artist-in-Residence who creates a Family Activity Box to be used in the galleries. Twice a year they invite families to take-over the Centre with artist-led workshops and courses for children aged 5 - 14 years with a focus on process.
House of Illustration
Granary Square, 2 Granary Square, King's Cross, London N1C 4BH
A public art gallery in London devoted to illustration, it’s newish on the London scene and has only been open since 2014. Founded by Sir Quentin Blake, the gallery holds monthly family workshops led by professional illustrators for children aged 5 + and their parents/carers.
Hampstead Lane, Hampstead, NW3 7JR
An English Heritage property, Kenwood is situated on the edge of Hampstead Heath. Families can enjoy craft making, sing-alongs and storytelling sessions. There’s also a great café for mum and dad.
Royal Air Force Museum
Grahame Park Way, London NW9 5LL
Commonly known as the RAF Museum, kids can enjoy flight simulators and 4D theatre.