While your children might be overjoyed about their long summer holiday, you might be left feeling puzzled as to how you’re going to entertain them for such a long time.
But don’t worry, we’ve got some fantastic family friendly museums in Birmingham up our sleeve and we can’t wait to share them with you!
What are the 10 best museums for kids in Birmingham?
Check out our suggestions for a fun-packed outing with the kids in Birmingham.
Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum
Why? The award-winning Thinktank is one of the best children's museums in Birmingham and is jam-packed with things that you and your kids can enjoy.
If your little one is fascinated by space, they’ll love the Thinktank Planetarium; imagine getting up close to star constellations and travelling through the night sky! Or maybe your kids love history and would enjoy checking out the Spitfire gallery. Whatever their interests, Thinktank has something for all imaginations – who said experiential learning is hard to plan? 😃
Summer 2022 events? From Lego robot games and science challenges to sensory play sessions for toddlers, there’s some serious fun happening at Thinktank this summer! 🌞
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Why? Art and history fans can enjoy several interesting pop-up displays and live events at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. And when you’re ready for refreshments, simply head to the award-winning Edwardian Tearooms.
Newman Brothers Coffin Works
Why? If you or your kids have ever wondered how coffin furniture is produced, look no further than the Newman Brothers Coffin Works!
Newman Brothers made the coffin fittings for some truly historic people, such as Joseph Chamberlain, Winston Churchill and the Queen Mother.
Entirely children-friendly, your young ones can expect to learn about the coffin manufacturing processes and even try their hands at a few!
Lapworth Museum of Geology
Why? One of the oldest specialist geological museums in the UK, the Lapworth Museum of Geology boasts fascinating fossils, dazzling diamonds and magnificent minerals among its collections. Plus, you and your family can enjoy browsing to your heart’s content for free.
Why? We use pens so often that it’s easy to forget they’re part of their own piece of history. Explore that history by taking your family to the Pen Museum, a space dedicated to Birmingham’s 19th-century steel pen trade.
Located in the heart of the city’s famous Jewellery Quarter, you and your children can try writing with a quill and ink, using a typewriter, taking a stab at calligraphy and even using graphology to analyse your handwriting. ✒️
Selly Manor Museum
Why? What could be better than exploring a Tudor manor house with beautiful gardens while dressing up in historical costumes? Well, that’s exactly what you can do at Selly Manor Museum, while also discovering 16th- and 17th-century furniture and domestic objects. This is your chance to step back into history and learn how people lived under Tudor kings and queens over 500 years ago.
The National Motorcycle Museum
Why? Offering fun for the whole family, the National Motorcycle Museum – located in nearby Solihull – is the largest British motorcycle museum and has hundreds of beautiful machines on display for you and the kids to feast your eyes on. 🏍️
Why? Aston Hall is one of Birmingham’s most iconic buildings (it’s a Grade 1-listed, 17th-century mansion house 😲) and is full of architectural and historical pleasures for you and your children to marvel at.
Young ones can learn – and see! – how Aston Hall was involved in the Civil War and find out why this magnificent house is supposedly haunted. 👻
Summer 2022 events? Fancy some Baby Boogie? How about a family-friendly mystery trail or a series of interactive storytelling? That’s just some of what’s going on this summer at Aston Hall! 🌞
Why? If your child is a big Lord of the Rings or Hobbit fan, they’d probably love to visit Sarehole Mill. It’s where JRR Tolkien found inspiration for “Middle-earth”, the fictional setting where he based most of his fantasy books.
Not only can you experience the 250-year-old watermill, but there’s also a tranquil pond and small forest area to investigate. It’s perfect for some learning through outdoor play. And did we mention that you can also enjoy freshly-baked pizza in the courtyard? 🍕
Summer 2022 events? A series of Nature Explorers events are sure to delight your children this summer at Sarehole Mill, as well as guided walks introducing the scenery that JRR Tolkien loved so much. 🌞
Museum of the Jewellery Quarter
Summer 2022 events? You can go ahead and book your young one into a Kids Jewellery Workshop over the summer. This is a great way to get them to practise fine motor skills and get their creativity going. Tickets are only £15. 💍
Did you know that around 700 jewellers work in Birmingham and they manufacture about 40% of the UK’s jewellery output? That’s a lot of bling!
Museums for Kids in Birmingham FAQs
Here are some answers to common questions about family friendly museums and outings in Birmingham.
What is there to do in Birmingham for toddlers?
There is plenty to do in Birmingham for toddlers. From underwater wonder at SeaLife to brick-inspired fun at Legoland, you should have enough for a fun-packed time.
Is Think Tank good for toddlers?
Think Tank is good for toddlers because it offers sensory play sessions (also called Stay and Play) tailored to little ones. It’s a great way for toddlers to try something new. Best of all it’s free and you get to have some down time.
Is Birmingham Museum free?
Good news! Birmingham Museum is free—namely, the main city centre museum and gallery.
What else can I do to keep kids engaged and entertained?
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