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All museums or galleries listed here love having young visitors - so get out and about and have fun!

Click on the museum names to find out where they are and when they open.

Photo showing a mum and son in Harris Museum and Art Gallery looking at some coloured scent bottles in a glass display case.


Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston

Go on the 'Scent Bottle Treasure Hunt' at the Harris Museum & Art Gallery - it's just one of their many family-friendly activities.

Photo © Carl Rose


World Museum Liverpool

Here you can find everything from real live bugs to Egyptian mummies, prehistoric pottery to space exploration.

Large scale model of a brown spider crawling across a web


Museum of Childhood at Sudbury Hall, Derbyshire

Find out how children have lived and played over the past 200 years.

If you're the adventurous type - and you're small enough - you can do a chimney climb and find out what it was like to be a sweep!

Make yourself tiny in the Shrinking Corridor - and don't miss the brilliant collection of toys, games and dolls.


Hat Works, Stockport

This museum is housed in a restored Victorian Mill, which used to be a hat factory. Here you can find out all about hats and hatmaking - you can even try some on!

During the school holidays there are craft workshops and special guided tours just for kids, and the museum's family fun days are not to be missed!

Two girls painting at a museum workshop.

Two girls feeding some goats

Tatton Park House, Knutsford

Tatton Park is home to Red and Fallow deer. Feed goats and chickens at the farm, get lost in the maze, search for clues in the Mansion with the children's quiz and discover your past at the Tudor Old Hall.

There's room to fly a kite, ride your bike or have a good run around, AND a fun adventure playground.

Salford Museum and Art Gallery

The museum's LifeTimes gallery tells the fascinating story of Salford over the last 200 years. Visit Lark Hill Place, a recreated Victorian street, with authentic period shops and rooms.

Look out for their great workshops during school holidays!

Children seated round a table making collages.

The Walker Art Gallery, with a decorative fountain in the foreground.


The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

This gallery is packed full of wonderful paintings and sculptures from the past 700 years.

Our favourite bit is Big Art, the kids' gallery - find out more here.


Grosvenor Museum, Chester

This museum has a collection of Roman tombstones, and fascinating displays that build a picture of Roman Chester.

Watch out for the Roman soldiers along the way!

A group of children putting together a model of a Roman arch. Courtesy of the Grosvenor Museum.

Three children and a woman looking at a tall glass tube full of water, which has a big bubble in it.



Catalyst - Science Discovery Centre, Widnes

This science centre is really unusual - it's all about chemistry.

Try your hand at experiments and find out how everyday materials are made.


Museum of Science & Industry in Manchester

One of the things we love best about this museum is that you get to go down a sewer! Yuck!

There is of course lots, lots more... why not go and check it out?

A row of schoolchildren sitting watching a show. They are all in school uniform, aged between 10 and 12 and looking amazed.

Children wearing brightly-coloured masks they have made. Photo courtesy of People's History Museum.


People's History Museum, Manchester

There are always hands-on things to do at the People's History Museum and they love having kids to visit. What are you waiting for?


Manchester Art Gallery

Be inspired by a wonderful collection of artwork, and have a go yourself.

A girl in a pale blue top and and boy in a royal blue jacket, wearing headphones and looking down at a display. (c) Manchester Art Gallery

A girl holding a big red shield, a boy wearing armour and a girl wearing a Roman helmet.



Dewa Roman Experience, Chester

This is about as close as you'll get to seeing real Roman life - it's even a bit whiffy round the Roman loos.

Handle items such as pottery, try on a suit of Roman armour, fire the catapult and design mosaics.


Portland Basin Museum, Ashton-under-Lyne

Visit Tameside as it was in 1928 - you can even pop in to the doctor's surgery and see how medicine has changed. Plenty to explore, see and do.

Three girls all wearing old-fashioned dresses and aprons, petting a sheep. (C) Portland Basin Museum

Exterior view of Quarry Bank Mill - a five-storey red-brick building with lots of windows.


Quarry Bank Mill, Styal, Cheshire

This Georgian Museum has amazing steam engines, a whole factory village to explore, country walks and even porridge to stir... it's a huge day out.


The Boat Museum, Ellesmere Port

This museum, as the name suggests, is all about boats. Find out about life on Britain's canals. All aboard!

Children wearing Victorian costume. (Photo courtesy of the Boat Museum.)