A museum or gallery is a great way to occupy the family for a day, and whether your children are into the natural world, history, sport or art, there are a number of family-friendly exhibits in the UK that won't cost you a penny.
V&A Museum of Childhood, London
A far cry from the games consoles of today, the V&A's Museum of Childhood is a veritable treasure trove of charming toys of days gone by, including teddy bears, enviable doll's houses, china dolls, and nostalgic items that most adults will remember fondly.
Royal Armouries, Leeds
An astonishing collection of some of the incredible instruments of war created by the human race, the Royal Armouries is nonetheless impressive with some 70,000 weapons and armour on display. For Lord of the Rings fans, there is even a collection of swords inspired by the Tolkien classic.
Falmouth Art Gallery, Cornwall
Featuring everything from Gainsborough masterpieces to contemporary art by Naomi Frears, the Falmouth Art Gallery is renowned for its innovative education. Children and adults of all ages will enjoy the free, regular and interactive workshops.
National Football Museum, Manchester
With the World Cup just around the corner, football will be on minds of many, and should the England team fail to make the grade, Brits can take solace in the National Football Museum, where the beautiful game is brought to life through memorabilia, photography, and the Discovery Zone, complete with storytelling and dressing up.
National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
A must for little ones interested in the natural world, Edinburgh's National Museum is designed to appeal to children. It's packed with activities and interactive displays to encourage kids to learn about the natural and human world, and the life-sized T-Rex skeleton is bound to be a favourite.
Coventry Transport Museum
Petrolheads will undoubtedly get a kick out of seeing the motors, both old and new, on display at this celebration of all things vehicular, not least the world's fastest cars, the Thrust 2 and ThrustSCC. But the Museum also houses a great collection of bicycles for fans of more sedate travel.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield
Combining the great outdoors with works by sculpting luminaries such as Henry Moore and Eduardo Paolozzi, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park sits in 500 acres and is ideal for young ones that prefer a more active day out, as kids can even climb on some of the sculptures. Admission is free but there is a £2.50 charge for the car park.
World Museum, Liverpool
Housing a massive collection of natural history items, Liverpool's World Museum isn't all about dusty relics and glass cabinets. Alongside the Egyptian mummies, dinosaur bones and ancient treasures, there's an aquarium, bug house and planetarium to keep children entertained.
Science Museum, London
Featuring over 800 interactive displays, the Science Museum definitely has the wow factor. Kids can explore everything from steam engines to outer space, create rainbows, launch rockets and even discover what they'll look like as they age. Who said science was boring? Admission is free, but you may have to pay for entry to some of the exhibits and activities.
The Natural History Museum, London
Full to the brim with interactive features and awesome exhibits, London's famous museum gives children an insight into the weird and the wonderful creatures of the natural world. From the animatronic T-Rex and the gigantic blue whale to the earthquake simulator and volcano room, the museum will keep the kids entertained for hours. There's even pond-dipping to be done in the grounds.
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