There is loads for families to see and do at the National Maritime Museum. Pick up one of the family trails or backpacks from the 'Play and Explore' trolley and discover objects, stories and people in the Museum galleries. 

Free, donations welcome | Available daily 

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Family Trails

Take a look at the range of trails available and make sure to pick one up when you arrive!

Please note that the ages below are suggestions and some children may prefer the activities in trails suggested for those younger or older. 

For Mini Mariners (under 5s)

For Ace Adventurers (Ages 5-8)

For Curious Captains (Ages 8+)

 

Family Backpacks

Due to covid-safe measures, the range of self-led backpacks are currently unavailable. 

 

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The Sensory Explorer backpack with sensory tools for play.

Sensory Explorers

Developed with the help of local families, this backpack is a kit of handy, sensory tools! Explore the Museum using tactile items to enhance your child's visit. From binoculars to talk tins, there is a tool for every child. This backpack also comes with a printed guide full of ideas oh how and where to use the tools. 

Perfect for children with special educational needs and disabilities and for early years children who love learning through a range of senses. 

Free, donations welcome | Pick up from the 'Play and Explore' trolley | Available daily

Our staff will ask for a name and contact number when you borrow the backpack. 

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The Nautical Navigator backpack and accompanying tools.

Nautical Navigators

Developed with local families, this backpack will take you on a journey through multiple galleries, looking at different forms of navigation across time and cultures. Use the tools to discover how many different ways there are to navigate the world!

Suggested for ages 8+, but others may also enjoy.

Free, donations welcome | Pick up from the 'Play and Explore' trolley | Available daily

Our staff will ask for a name and contact number when you borrow the backpack.