Family fun

Character Encounters

Join us each Saturday to meet a different character from history with their own fascinating story to tell about our collections!

James Robson

Explore Traders: the East India Company and Asia gallery with James Robson, a Chinese lascar (sailor) who served on the fastest and greatest of the tea clippers, Cutty Sark. Find out about the struggles of the tea trade between Britain and China on your journey, and the impact of the 19th-century Opium Wars on both countries.

Space Safari

Join Ted the Teddy Bear on a journey throughout the Solar System, looking for the Great Big Bear in the sky.

A planetarium show for under-7s. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

With interactivity, music and rhyme, the show is a must for pre-school children.

Arriving at the Planetarium

The Planetarium is part of the Royal Observatory, at the top of a hill with spectacular views across London. Please allow enough time to get to us and aim to arrive at least 10 mins before the show’s start time, as latecomers cannot be admitted.

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