Families at Royal Museums Greenwich

Looking for things to do with children?

Under-5s get free entry to Cutty Sark, Flamsteed House and the Meridian Line at the Royal Observatory. Admission to the National Maritime Museum and Queen's House is free (there may be charges for special exhibitions).

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October half-term and Halloween family fun

Halloween ghost ship

Join us for spine-tingling goings-on around Halloween, with Ghost ships and spooky shadows at Cutty Sark (30 Oct) and Halloween Ghost Ship at the National Maritime Museum (31 Oct). Or join Harry Potter actor Rupert Grint on the hunt for alien life in our new daily planetarium show We Are Aliens at the Royal Observatory.

Other half-term events include Every cargo tells a story: The Big Draw and Damru drums at Cutty Sark, Here be dragons and Frightening faces at the National Maritime Museum (admission free), and Out of this World Activity Mornings at the Royal Observatory.

Year-round fun for kids

Boys in a family workshop at the Museum

At the National Maritime Museum explore and play on our huge world atlas The Great Map, and set sail for distant lands with our magical interactive game The Great Explorer. Pop along to our regular family events: Explore Saturdays, Discover Sundays and Play Tuesdays.

Don't miss our Cutty Sark Family Fun weekends on the first weekend of every month (Free for under-5s).

Free entry for Members

Members get free entry to all charged areas and exhibitions as well as to planetarium shows, plus discounts in our shops and cafés. Find out about Family Membership.

Children's galleries at the National Maritime Museum

Children's gallery

AHOY! is our brilliant free new children’s gallery for 0-7s - weigh anchor and come on over to the National Maritime Museum for a boatload of fun and adventure! Find out more

Bring your older children (6-12s) aboard our free All Hands Children’s Gallery (floor 2). Become a captain and try your hand at manoeuvring into port using our state-of-the-art Ship's Bridge Simulator or fire a cannon at a dastardly pirate ship. Bring your sea legs as it can get choppy!

Opening times: AHOY! and All Hands are open daily (except 10.00–14.00 on Mon and Weds-Fri in term-time). The Bridge Simulator is open weekends, Tuesdays and school holidays.

Family fun on Cutty Sark

Cutty Sark family fun

Explore the world's most famous sailing ship! Step into the shoes of Cutty Sark’s crew - play our interactive app Captain Woodget’s Apprentice, climb into the bunks where sailors slept, and see if you can beat the Captain's fastest voyage.

Borrow an under-5’s back pack with toys, sensory objects and a story or pick up our new free family trail from the admissions desk to help you explore.

Download our free Animal hunt trail to find the interesting creatures hiding on board or our Ship shapes trail and look for the biggest circle on the ship.

Space Safari

Planetarium shows for children

Come to London's only planetarium for a breathtaking cinematic experience. Space Safari is our live planetarium show for under-7s - join Ted the Bear as he journeys throughout the solar system looking for the Great Big Bear in the sky.

Our other Planetarium shows are recommended for ages 5+ (under-3s admitted free).

Eating, drinking and parking

Our cafés have high chairs and will heat up baby milk. The National Maritime Museum also has separate feeding areas for mums with babies. Both the Museum and Cutty Sark have separate changing spaces and buggy parks.

Parking is available on weekends and Bank Holidays. Charges apply. See full details

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