Are you a parent or carer looking for somewhere to take the children? We pride ourselves on being family friendly, in fact we were shortlisted for the Kids in Museums Family Friendly Award in 2017!

There are always free gallery trails for children, and many of our galleries include interactive elements, such as feely boxes and dressing up clothes, that give our younger visitors a ‘hands on’ museum experience.

We also hold special family days in school holidays.

Summer Discovery Sessions 2020

We are delighted to have reopened just in time for the summer holidays and to invite families to join us for our exciting summer education programme.

Our summer sessions have been carefully designed to be fun and engaging, whilst also developing children’s skills and knowledge as young historians.

Step into the Story (ages 3-7) From fossil hunting with Mary Anning to taming some unruly Vikings, you are sure to be entertained at our summer story sessions. Join us throughout the holidays to share stories and picture books which celebrate our brilliant collection. With a new story and craft activity each week, we have plenty to keep your little ones busy!

History Detectives (ages 7-11) Calling all history detectives, we need your help! Join us each fortnight throughout the summer holidays to solve a series of historical mysteries. Learn and put into practice the detective skills of a historian, and use the historical sources in our collection to uncover clues and reveal more about three key historical periods – the Prehistoric Ice Age, Anglo Saxons and Vikings and the Victorians.

How did Anglo Saxons brush their hair? (ages 5-9) Have you ever wondered how an Anglo Saxon kept themselves looking smart? Or how Georgians kept up with their school work? Explore our collection and find out about how daily tasks have changed over the last 12,000 years – from the Stone Age to the Victorian era – and discover how different your daily life is to the lives of other children throughout history.

Travel Through Time (ages 7-11) Prepare for a journey through the history of the British Isles, from the moment the first tribes walked across the land bridge from Europe, to the advent of the digital age. After an introduction to this vast swathe of human history, you will have the opportunity to use our collection to investigate and uncover what life was like here in the Vale during some of the most significant periods of this island’s history.

£5 per child, adults free but must book a ticket.

Tickets must be booked in advance online here

Age ranges are advisory – based on interest levels, complexity and National Curriculum links.

For more information please email


Family Amenities

  • Free gallery trails and hands-on experiences. Download our latest trail sheets here Fossil Gallery Trail for Younger Children PDF 266.9 KB or Fossil Gallery Trail for Older Children PDF 287.8 KB& . Print at home and bring along on your visit, don’t forget a pencil.
  • Space for prams and buggies
  • Baby changing facilities within the accessible toilet
  • Children’s lunchbox option in the Café
  • High chairs
  • Toddler toys and playmat in the Barn (please ask our Receptionist or a Visitor Assistant in the galleries if you would like to get these out during your visit) These toys are currently unavailable

Hungry baby? We welcome you to feed your baby in the galleries with breast or bottle. We can also heat bottles in the café, and offer baby food to purchase there as well.

Special needs? Please contact us and let us know how we can help. We will do our very best to accommodate your needs.