The Museum of London

The Museum of London, Barbican. Photo:

Unlike its sister museum, the Docklands Museum, the Museum of London doesn’t have a dedicated area for toddlers, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth a visit. It’s one of the places that’s on our list when a rainy weekend comes.


Well, to start with, there’s plenty of open space for walking or running around. Then, there are a few areas that seem to interest toddlers.

Here are a few that mine likes to visit:

Walk a Victorian street. Photo:
  • There is a mock up of a Victorian street of shops on L2, including a pub, that are interesting to stroll through.
  • Near the cafe on L2, we found Paddington bear sitting on some steps next to some items intended for a time capsule. A surprising length of time was spent playing with them.
The horses aren’t real. Photo:
  • The Lord Mayor’s golden ceremonial carriage is displayed with some pretend horses that are fun on L2.
  • The slightly sinister ‘Pleasure Gardens’ on L2 is a dark room downstairs that’s set up like the areas where Londoners relaxed and socialised in the 17th and 18th centuries.
  • In the Modern London area on L2, there’s an area where some traditional toys like a Jack-in-the-box are available to play with.

There are a couple of cafes, plus places to eat a packed lunch.

If you’re able to visit during the week, it’s worth knowing that there is a special  hour-long activity session for toddlers, called Little Moles, every Wednesday during term-times, but that’s not a time we can make. If anyone has been, please share what you (and your toddler) thought of it in the comments below.

For details of Little Moles, click here.

If you’d like to know more about Mudlarks at the Docklands Museum, click to read Rachel’s post.

What? The Museum of London.

Where? 150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN (Click here for directions).

When? Open 10am-6am (Check here).

How much? Entry to the museum is free, but you need to book for Little Moles (see here).

Facilities and access? The Museum of London is fully accessible (see here). The nearest tube is Barbican and there are steps from the platform to the ticket office and the ticket office to the exit.



Author: Aline Reed

I am a freelance copywriter.

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