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Locations for kids by theme: Art and Crafts

Watts Gallery

Location: Watts Gallery       Child: Free       Adult: £7.50

First opening its doors to the public in 1904, Watts Gallery is a purpose-built art gallery created for the display of works by the great Victorian artist George Frederic Watts OM RA (1817-1904). After a major restoration project, visitors can now experience the Watts Collection in the historic galleries displaying the original decorative schemes.


Whitechapel Gallery

Location: Whitechapel Gallery       Child: Free       Adult: Free

The Whitechapel Gallery is a touchstone for contemporary art internationally, plays a central role in London’s cultural landscape and is pivotal to the continued growth of the world’s most vibrant contemporary art quarter.


The Lightbox

Location: The Lightbox       Child: Free       Adult: Free

Whether you’re passionate about the arts and history, want activities and fun, or would just like somewhere quiet to relax and think, you’ll find it all at The Lightbox, Woking's new gallery and museum.


Globe Theatre

Location: Globe Theatre            

Founded by the pioneering American actor and director Sam Wanamaker, Shakespeare's Globe is a unique international resource dedicated to the exploration of Shakespeare's work and the playhouse for which he wrote, through the connected means of performance and education.  Together, the Globe Theatre, Globe Exhibition & Tour and Globe Education seek to further the experience and international understanding of Shakespeare in performance.


Hogarth's House

Location: Hogarth's House       Child: Free       Adult: Free

Hogarth's House in Chiswick, built around 1700, was the country home of the great painter, engraver and satirist William Hogarth (1697 - 1764) from 1749 until his death.  Hogarth's talents and interests were wide-ranging, and displays in the house tell the story of his life and works.


Courtauld Gallery

Location: Courtauld Gallery       Child: free       Adult: £6.00

No longer free entry on Monday's, but a reduced admission rate of £3.  The Gallery also holds an outstanding collection of drawings and prints and fine example of sculpture and decorative arts.  Our collection stretches from the early Renaissance into the 20th century and is particularly renowned for the unrivalled collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings.


Cartoon Art Trust

Location: Cartoon Art Trust       Child: free       Adult: £:5.50

The Cartoon Museum is dedicated to preserving the best of British cartoons, caricatures, comics and animation, and to establishing a museum with a gallery, archives and innovative exhibitions to make the creativity of cartoon art past and present, accessible to all for the purposes of education, research and enjoyment.  Please note we are always closed on Mondays including Bank Holiday Mondays


Lauderdale House

Location: Lauderdale House       Child: Free       Adult: Free

Built in 1582 and set in the beautiful Waterlow Park, Lauderdale House now runs primarily as an arts and education centre.  Our varied programme includes performances, exhibitions, classes and events as well as weddings, parties and receptions, which together bring this historic building to life. There is also a lively restaurant adjacent to the Lower Gallery offering delicious modern British cuisine, tea, coffee, cakes and snacks throughout the week (excluding Mondays).

We want people of all ages to enjoy Lauderdale so throughout the year, school term-time and holidays included, we run a calendar of child-friendly events and workshops.


Burgh House and Hampstead Museum

Location: Burgh House and Hampstead Museum       Child: Free       Adult: Free

Welcome to the Burgh House & Hampstead Museum. Burgh House is a grade I listed house built in the early years of the 18th century, open to the public as a local history museum, art gallery, classical concert venue, shop and cafe. The Hampstead Museum is incorporated in the House on the first floor and offers permanent displays and temporary exhibitions on Hampstead History


The Albany

Location: The Albany       Child: varies by event       Adult: varies by event

Based in the heart of Deptford, the Albany is a performing arts centre with a history stretching back to the nineteenth century. Over the last few years, we have emerged as a new type of arts venue, very much driven by the cultural diversity and creative mix of South East London. Involving people, through participation and partnerships, is central to our work and is essential to the delivery of our vision.


Getty Images

Location: Getty Images       Child: Free       Adult: Free

Getty Images Gallery is London's largest independent photographic gallery with unique access to one of the greatest photographic collections in the world.

Our Eastcastle St gallery will be closed for the May bank holiday weekend, Saturday 5th - Monday 7th May, and for the public holidays on Monday 4th & Tuesday 5th June.

The current exhibition at the Gallery, until 23rd May , is Marilyn, a collection of imagery and memorabilia to commemorate 50 years since the untimely death of Marilyn Monroe. Showcased in London for the first time, the exhibition will feature a number of original dresses and costumes worn by the Hollywood icon, alongside unique and iconic photographs.


Kenwood House

Location: Kenwood House       Child: Free       Adult: Free

Set in beautiful landscaped parkland in the midst of Hampstead Heath, Kenwood House is one of the most magnificent visitor attractions in London.   This elegant villa, remodelled by Robert Adam in the 18th century, houses a superb collection of paintings, including masterpieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Turner and Gainsborough, as well as the Suffolk collection of rare Elizabethan portraits.


London Brass Rubbing Centre

Location: London Brass Rubbing Centre       Child: from £4.50      

The team at the centre provide all the specialist papers and metallic waxes that you need to create a superb artwork for a gift for someone special or as a unique memory of your visit to St Martin's. The brass rubbing team also know how to get rid of mistakes - so even the young ones can take home a picture to be proud of!  Prices for brass rubbing start at £4.50.

With extended opening hours for the Cafe located next to the brass rubbing area, it's possible for parents to relax with a drink, while your children are busy having fun and creating another artwork for the kitchen wall!


Sir John Soane's Museum

Location: Sir John Soane's Museum       Child: free       Adult: free

The Sir John Soane's Museum was established by the renowned architect and collector who died in 1815.  Soane designed this house to live in, but also as a setting for his antiquities and works of art.   The Museum is renowned for its Egyptian, Greek and Roman collection of treasures, as well as artworks from Hogarth.

There are short activities at the Museum for children and families as well as a Junior Audio tour of the museum. Activities take place in the Education Room in the Museum. Learn a basic skill such as paper marbling or explore treasures such as Hogarth's paintings. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  No need to book. Timings 1 to 4pm.  Every school holiday except December.


The Wallace Collection

Location: The Wallace Collection       Child: Free       Adult: Free

The Wallace Collection is a national museum in an historic London town house. In 25 galleries are unsurpassed displays of French 18th century painting, furniture and porcelain with superb Old Master paintings and a world class armoury.

Families can also drop in at any time to: try on armour at any time in the Conservation Gallery, pick up a free trail at the Information Desk. Choose from ‘Warrior Kings!’ or ‘Looking for the Owners’, try out the children’s audio guide available from the Information Desk (price: £1.50).

A drop-in art workshop held in the galleries on the first Sunday of each month from 1.30-4.30pm.


National Gallery

Location: National Gallery       Child: Free       Adult: Free

The National Gallery houses the national collection of Western European painting from the 13th to the 19th centuries. The Gallery aims to study and care for the collection, while encouraging the widest possible access to the pictures.


National Portrait Gallery

Location: National Portrait Gallery       Child: free       Adult: free

The Gallery was founded in 1856 to collect portraits of famous British men and women. Explore over 175,000 portraits from the 16th Century to the present day.


Tate Modern, Southbank

Location: Tate Modern, Southbank       Child: Free       Adult: Free

Tate holds the national collection of British art from 1500 and of international modern art. Tate Modern focusses on International modern and contemporary art


Tate Britain, Millbank

Location: Tate Britain, Millbank       Child: Free       Adult: Free

The home of British art from 1500 to the present day


Southbank Centre

Location: Southbank Centre       Child: Free       Adult: Free

Southbank Centre is one of the largest arts centres in the world, in the midst of London's most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames. The site consists of the Royal Festival Hall, the Hayward Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall (containing the Purcell Room), and the Saison Poetry Library, with the National Theatre next door.



Victoria and Albert Museum

Location: Victoria and Albert Museum       Child: Free       Adult: Free

The world's greatest museum of art and design. Check out the website for further details on tours and talks, and workshop events programme


Museum of Farnham

Location: Museum of Farnham       Child: Free       Adult: Free

The Museum of Farnham is housed in Willmer House, a Grade I listed building with many original features and a delightful walled garden.  

Here you can discover the tales of William Cobbett and George Sturt whilst marveling at the inventions of John Henry Knight. Over the years Farnham has been home to many artists and craftsmen and the Museum has a fine collection by local artists including Stephen Elmer, WH Allen, Harold Falkner and Sir John Verney, as well as Farnham Greenware.


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