With over 240 museums to choose from, London is the perfect setting for an amusing and educational family day out. Listed below are five of these attractions, each of which hosts a wide variety of interactive and entertaining exhibits to suit each and every member of your family!
1- The Science Museum
With seven floors of educational and entertaining exhibits, the Science Museum is the perfect setting for an entertainingly educational family outing. Space explorers can marvel at the Apollo 10 command module and flight simulator as well as the hands-on Launch pad gallery.There are also historical exhibits, including the intriguing Medical History Gallery, which presents anenormous collection of medical history treasures. Moreover, for an added cost, you and your family can immerse yourselves at the museums’ in-house IMAX cinema, or acquire some scientific equipment of your own at the gift shop!
2-The Natural History Museum
As soon as you walk into the Natural History Museum, the plastic case of a Diplodocus skeleton gives you the indication that you are about to experience something remarkable. The museum is divided into four zones;Blue, Green, Red and Orange. Each zone offers unique historical gems; from galleries featuring dinosaurs,fossils, birds, mammals, creepy crawlies and marine reptiles, to exhibitions about the Earth itself, a Darwin Centre and a magnificent Wildlife Garden. The sheer enormity of this collection features approximately70 million plant, animal, fossil, rock and mineral specimens. There truly is something for everyone, making the Natural Historymuseuman attraction that you can revisit time and time again to discover new sights and natural wonders.
3-Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!
With over 700 exhibits across 6 floors,Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!inLondon has the world’s largest collection of bizarre artefacts. This ‘odd-itorium’, as it is affectionately known, offers a myriad of amazing, absurd, and auspiciously mind blowing exhibits, including a interactive fish floor,a life-sized knitted Ferrari, the ability to measure yourself up against the tallest man in the world, an eight foot Transformer, a collection of Amazonian shrunken heads, an immersive mirror maze and a Laser Race course but to name a few!
4-The Geffrye Museum
A unique find in the heart of London; the Geffrye almshouses celebrate their 300 year anniversary in 2014, as well as the 100 year anniversary of their conversion into the current Geffrye museum. This museum offers an immersive experience wherein visitors can discover original furnishings, textiles and decorative arts from typical middle-class living rooms dating from the 1600s to the present day. As such, the Geffrye Museum serves as a treasure trove of domestic history, as well as offering a delightful garden and accompanying period garden ‘rooms’ with period seating.
HMS Belfast is actually a part of Imperial War Museum. The warship itself is comprised of nine decks, each of which offers an exclusive glimpse into the lives of thoseonboard during the Second World War. Each floor offers a wealth of educational insights as well as intriguingexhibits. Visitors can view the crew’s sleeping quarters complete with authentic hammocks, the heavily protected Shell Room, or even take control of the helm in the interactive Operations Room.Visitors can also listen to veterans’ stories in the Life at Sea exhibition, or take to battle yourself in the warship’sGun Turret Experience!