Kids in Museums

Kids in Museums We work with museums to help them welcome and include children, young people and families. Registered charity 1123658 We are a charity dedicated to making museums open and welcoming to all children, young people and families.

We support and champion family friendly organisations through wide-ranging initiatives, including the Family Friendly Museum Award and Takeover Day. We invite heritage organisations to sign up to our Manifesto, which sets out simple guidelines for making museums easy to reach for all ages.

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"Why aren't the Ancient Greeks wearing clothes?""What was school like in Ancient Greece?"Wednesday was #AskACurator Day ...
17/09/2021
Ask an Expert: Ancient Greece

"Why aren't the Ancient Greeks wearing clothes?"

"What was school like in Ancient Greece?"

Wednesday was #AskACurator Day and The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge gave children a chance to ask their questions on Ancient Greece and Ancient Egypt.

Have a watch ▶

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yp76BMo01cw

Students from a local primary school, Linton Heights, had some big questions for our Curator of Ancient Greece and Rome, Dr. Anastasia Christophilopoulou, al...

This Saturday is Ewell History Day!Learn how to cast a Bronze Age Axe, gasp at Roman gladiators, stumble on Georgian Hig...
16/09/2021
Ewell History Day 18th September 2021 | What's On In Surrey

This Saturday is Ewell History Day!

Learn how to cast a Bronze Age Axe, gasp at Roman gladiators, stumble on Georgian Highwayman prisoners, visit a First World War camp, try Roman children’s activities, and discover the fascinating past of Epsom and Ewell at Bourne Hall Museum.

As part of Heritage Open Days Week come face to face with the past in Ewell Village. Learn how to cast a Bronze Age Axe, Gasp at Roman gladiators, stumble on Georgian Highwayman prisoners, Visit WW1 c...

A new survey shows the depth of anxiety young people feel about climate change. Nearly 60% of young people surveyed said...
15/09/2021
Climate change: Young people very worried - survey

A new survey shows the depth of anxiety young people feel about climate change.

Nearly 60% of young people surveyed said they felt very or extremely worried, while over half say they think humanity is doomed.

Our annual Takeover Day on 12 November is the perfect opportunity to support young people and take a stand on climate action. How will you be getting involved?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-58549373

Over half of respondents in a survey believe humanity is doomed and governments are failing to act.

We are big advocates for play! 🙌 We think museums should be playful places where visitors of all ages can explore, be jo...
14/09/2021
Creating playful prompts

We are big advocates for play! 🙌 We think museums should be playful places where visitors of all ages can explore, be joyful and get hands on.

Last year, thanks to funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, we worked with 11 museums to help them introduce play safely at their venues.

Next month, we will sharing their work in an online training course for museum staff: Creating Playful Prompts ✨

Find out more and book your place: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creating-playful-prompts-tickets-168444077771

Freelancer and Pay What You Can tickets are available.

Do you want to create ways for families to interact playfully with your collections?

Earlier this year Archives: Wigan & Leigh opened its new exhibition space in Leigh Town Hall after a National Lottery fu...
13/09/2021

Earlier this year Archives: Wigan & Leigh opened its new exhibition space in Leigh Town Hall after a National Lottery funded redesign. We thought the archives deserved a shout out this #ManifestoMonday for designing its space to be fun for all ages. The space now includes a family trail, sensory items, interactive exhibits, games table, music and online resources to try at home. Great work!

Have you visited any archives with your family?

Earlier this year Archives: Wigan & Leigh opened its new exhibition space in Leigh Town Hall after a National Lottery funded redesign. We thought the archives deserved a shout out this #ManifestoMonday for designing its space to be fun for all ages. The space now includes a family trail, sensory items, interactive exhibits, games table, music and online resources to try at home. Great work!

Have you visited any archives with your family?

England’s largest festival of history and culture is back! Heritage Open Days returns this week and hundreds of heritage...
11/09/2021
Homepage | Heritage Open Days

England’s largest festival of history and culture is back! Heritage Open Days returns this week and hundreds of heritage sites in England are opening their doors for free!

Take a look at what's on for families 👇 #HODs
https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/

Welcome to England’s largest festival of history and culture! Every September thousands of volunteers across England organise events to celebrate our fantastic history and culture. It's your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all of which are FREE to explore.

10/09/2021

Ey up! Can you guess where we are today?

We’re up in Leeds at Abbey House Museum and we are taking over today!

We are delighted to have been shortlisted for Best Small Museum in the Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum Award. We want to introduce you to our little slice of Victorian Leeds helped by Mia and Finn who are visiting today. Here are some quick-fire facts to get you started:

🗝️ Abbey House Museum opened in 1927, it was originally the gatehouse to Kirkstall Abbey.

🎩 We have three re-created Victorian streets and lots of amazing objects on display (including outside toilets!)

🧸 Upstairs we have four childhood galleries which include toys from the past and plenty of interactive things to do!

🎵 Each year we have a new special exhibition, right now it’s all about the Sounds of Our City - you can also see it online.

🤑 We also have the one of the largest selections of working penny slot machines in any museum in the country!

Now let’s head inside… Keep an eye on the @kidsinmuseums Twitter feed today to see more from us at Abbey House Museum: twitter.com/kidsinmuseums Leeds Museums and Galleries

Good morning! We’re the GoldenThread Gallery in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and today it’s our turn to take over the Kids...
09/09/2021

Good morning! We’re the GoldenThread Gallery in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and today it’s our turn to take over the Kids in Museums social media!

☕ Golden Thread Gallery is a contemporary visual art gallery and visiting is always FREE! We provide free tea and coffee for our visitors, and our Junior Gallery area has a comfy sofa for grown-ups and room for buggies and prams.

🖼 We love celebrating art made by kids in our Junior Gallery! These are some of the brilliant creations made by young artists at our twice-monthly free Saturday Family Workshops. We supply everything, including snacks.

🎒 Every young visitor (under 16) to the Gallery gets a free GTG Explorer Backpack thanks to support from @halifaxfni! Inside you’ll find art materials, stickers, colouring-in sheets, newsletters and fun objects designed to spark the imagination!

🎧 For visitors with autism or sensory needs, we have Explorer Packs with sensory objects and our Social Story. We have Ear Defenders available and can advise about sound or lights in the exhibitions.

That’s all from us! Thank you to everyone who nominated us for the Family Friendly Museum Award! We can’t wait to share our passion for extraordinary visual art with all the junior artists out there!

Hello, Wisbech & Fenland Museum here. We’re delighted to have been shortlisted for Best Small Museum in this year's Fami...
08/09/2021

Hello, Wisbech & Fenland Museum here. We’re delighted to have been shortlisted for Best Small Museum in this year's Family Friendly Museum Award.

🦖 From the manuscript of Great Expectations to unique models of the Crystal Palace Dinosaurs, our collection offers so much variety for families!

🎒 Families who visit us can enjoy one of our free trails or borrow a discovery bag packed full of resources to help them. These are available in the five languages most spoken in our town.

🎨 We offer an annual programme of family friendly activities, including storytelling, arts and crafts, and a monthly science club. Many are delivered by our friendly team of volunteers.

🖼 We often programme community exhibitions in at the museum. This year 250 local children produced artwork inspired by the collection for our summer exhibition.

👶 We run free play sessions with our local Child & Family Centres, and during 2020 were able to team-up to pack and deliver almost 500 free museum activity packs direct to families.

👦🧒 We also provide opportunities for young people aged 15-24 through our Young Volunteers programme, work experience placements and Young Curators group, which works on exhibitions and events, bringing fresh ideas and new perspectives to the museum.

We hope we’ve inspired you to visit Wisbech & Fenland Museum when we reopen later this year and look forward to welcoming you then!

Hi Everyone! We are Bailiffgate Museum & Gallery, Alnwick, Northumberland! We are so excited to have been shortlisted fo...
07/09/2021

Hi Everyone! We are Bailiffgate Museum & Gallery, Alnwick, Northumberland! We are so excited to have been shortlisted for Best Small Museum in this year's Family Friendly Museum Award!

Come and learn about local history, play in our interactive Viking settlement, learn how to write your name in runes and join in with our mouse hunt! 🐭 We hope you will join us for our Viking exhibition which runs until 3 October. www.bailiffgatemuseum.co.uk

Please come and join us on Twitter @kidsinmuseums where we will be highlighting more of our fantastic family friendly activities and exhibitions!

Hi Everyone! We are Bailiffgate Museum & Gallery, Alnwick, Northumberland! We are so excited to have been shortlisted for Best Small Museum in this year's Family Friendly Museum Award!

Come and learn about local history, play in our interactive Viking settlement, learn how to write your name in runes and join in with our mouse hunt! 🐭 We hope you will join us for our Viking exhibition which runs until 3 October. www.bailiffgatemuseum.co.uk

Please come and join us on Twitter @kidsinmuseums where we will be highlighting more of our fantastic family friendly activities and exhibitions!

Today our team Dorset Museum are taking over Kids in Museums to tell you more about our newly redeveloped Museum - where...
06/09/2021

Today our team Dorset Museum are taking over Kids in Museums to tell you more about our newly redeveloped Museum - where all generations can really connect with 250 million years of Dorset’s history.

🖼 The galleries have been designed in a way that you can really interact and get face to face with the exhibits, especially at eye level for our younger visitors.

🪑 We have a Calm Space that was developed as part of consultation with our Inclusion Group, a group of local disabled people who advised us throughout our redevelopment. The group wanted a space for families and individuals to go to if they needed quiet time during their visit but particularly families with autistic children or those that experience sensory overload.

🎒 You can also pick up one of our free Sensory Backpacks to help support those with sensory needs.

🎨 The Learning Base is where many generations will be welcomed to come and get inspired. We have already hosted many schools as well as the ‘Arty August’ events we have run over the Summer holidays.

We have been blessed with some amazing comments since our opening at the end of May, which hopefully is the result of the work that went into the development of the new museum. That’s it from us! We hope you enjoyed our takeover and come visit us soon.

“We try to avoid saying anything is accessible. We highlight increased accessibility features but... it’s always about l...
04/09/2021
How V&A Dundee is using closure to make its offer more open than ever before - Museums + Heritage Advisor

“We try to avoid saying anything is accessible. We highlight increased accessibility features but... it’s always about letting people make up their own minds."

Great to hear how V&A Dundee has improved access as a result of the pandemic in this article from Museums + Heritage - leading sector magazine and events.

advisor.museumsandheritage.com/features/how-v…

With the museum having been closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays since lockdown, V&A Dundee is dedicating entire days to visitors with a range of sensory needs

Last chance to win! 🎁We want to hear from you about what you want to see from museum shops and cafés. 🍴🛍Have you visited...
03/09/2021

Last chance to win! 🎁

We want to hear from you about what you want to see from museum shops and cafés. 🍴🛍

Have you visited a museum, gallery or heritage site with your family over the summer? What did you think of the café and shop? Were there kids' meals or pocket money toys?

Give us your views in our survey, which closes on Monday 👉 http://surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SW3YVCR

We will share your views to help museums shape their retail and catering offer in future. Thank you!

📸 London Transport Museum

Last chance to win! 🎁

We want to hear from you about what you want to see from museum shops and cafés. 🍴🛍

Have you visited a museum, gallery or heritage site with your family over the summer? What did you think of the café and shop? Were there kids' meals or pocket money toys?

Give us your views in our survey, which closes on Monday 👉 http://surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SW3YVCR

We will share your views to help museums shape their retail and catering offer in future. Thank you!

📸 London Transport Museum

Orleans House Gallery in Twickenham has a new environmental exhibition for families who love the outdoors! 🍃🍁Remember th...
02/09/2021
What's On – Orleans House Gallery

Orleans House Gallery in Twickenham has a new environmental exhibition for families who love the outdoors! 🍃🍁

Remember the Future will help families to learn more about nature and get creating. Join Families in the Forest tours, heading out into the grounds to encounter ancient trees, flowers, bats and moles.

In the gallery, you can take part in the interactive exhibit Colourfield in the Octagon Room. Invent your own colours and find artworks made of grass, wood and more.

Find out more 👇
https://www.orleanshousegallery.org/whats-on/

National Museums Liverpool has announced the winners of a competition that encouraged children to create exhibitions ins...
02/09/2021
National Museums Liverpool reveals lockdown competition winners - Museums Association

National Museums Liverpool has announced the winners of a competition that encouraged children to create exhibitions inspired by their own lives.

Launched during the first national lockdown and shortlisted for our Family Friendly Museum Award From Home in 2020, children aged 4-11 years old were invited to send in their creations.

Congratulations to winner, Mariah Ali! 👏👏

https://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/news/2021/08/national-museums-liverpool-reveals-lockdown-competition-winners/

My Home is My Museum gave children the chance to curate a museum from home

This #ManifestoMonday, we're giving a shout out to the family guides at Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum in Dorches...
30/08/2021

This #ManifestoMonday, we're giving a shout out to the family guides at Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum in Dorchester, Dorset.

The tablets guide children and young adults through the cells and courtroom, explaining what you can see, hear, and touch. They also have interactive memory box trails and educational games. 📱

This #ManifestoMonday, we're giving a shout out to the family guides at Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum in Dorchester, Dorset.

The tablets guide children and young adults through the cells and courtroom, explaining what you can see, hear, and touch. They also have interactive memory box trails and educational games. 📱

The Paralympics are in full swing - and so is the sporting fun at National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth and Go...
28/08/2021

The Paralympics are in full swing - and so is the sporting fun at National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth and Gosport this summer!

Families can embark on a brand new Play Adventure full of playful prompts, silly facts and jokes inspired by the sporting stories of the Royal Navy. There is no set route, but you are invited to use your imaginations and play as you explore the museums, ships and sites.

Find out more about visiting: https://www.nmrn.org.uk/

27/08/2021

Hello. We’re Museum of Zoology, Cambridge a museum full of skeletons, insects and more in the heart of Cambridge. We are thrilled to have been shortlisted for the Family Friendly Museum Award. Today we’re taking over the Kids in Museums feed to share some of our family friendly work with you!

From the tropics to the poles, you can find animals from around the world. Discover yeti crabs from the depths of the ocean, birds from high in the sky, and everything in between with displays at different heights and stools to help little ones see.

Young children (and grown-ups too) can discover the collection through animal sounds. Or treat yourself to our highlights tour before you visit. It's all here to explore from home on our blog: https://museumofzoologyblog.com/2020/10/06/highlights-of-the-museum-of-zoology/

We'll be sharing more on the @kidsinmuseums Twitter throughout today. We hope you enjoy exploring the Museum and our activities, and that you come and see us soon! 🐋🐋🐋

Hi there, we're The Box Plymouth  - Plymouth's new museum, gallery and archive. We’re thrilled to have been shortlisted ...
26/08/2021
Families | The Box | The Box Plymouth

Hi there, we're The Box Plymouth - Plymouth's new museum, gallery and archive. We’re thrilled to have been shortlisted for Best Medium Museum in this year’s Family Friendly Museum Award and we're taking over Kids in Museums today!

With art, human history, natural history, archival, film and photographic collections, we’re a great day out for families. We have free trails, fascinating galleries and exhibitions, fun craft activities, tasty food and drink and a popular woolly mammoth called Mildred – to name just a few things.

We’ll be sharing more over on Twitter throughout today as we highlight all these things in more detail. We really hope you’ll join us.

https://www.theboxplymouth.com/families

The Box is a treasure trove to explore, with activities and learning opportunities for curious children of all ages.

Hi everyone! We are London Transport Museum, one of the shortlisted museums for this year’s Family Friendly Museum Award...
24/08/2021
| London Transport Museum

Hi everyone! We are London Transport Museum, one of the shortlisted museums for this year’s Family Friendly Museum Award.

With our unique collection of heritage vehicles, posters, maps and Underground signs, we ignite curiosity about London's transport history as well as looking at the city’s present stories and future developments.

Today we are taking over the Kids in Museums Twitter account to virtually transport you to the Museum in Covent Garden and give you a whistle-stop tour of our galleries and activities. Go have a look!

And to whet your appetite, here’s our pick of the Top 10 things to see and do for families at the Museum.
https://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/visit/families/visiting-family/top-10-things-see-and-do

Make the most of your visit to the Museum with our top family picks for the best things to do while you're here

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