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Three of the best mind-blowing exhibits for kids in London

Feed their curious minds with these interactive kid-friendly museum exhibits

Mail Rail Postal Museum
Photograph: Miles Willis
By Rosemary Waugh |

There's nothing like watching your kid's eyes widen in fascination – and that's exactly what'll happen when you introduce them to these super-cool London exhibits. Everyone knows that museum displays are more fun when they're hands-on. 

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3 family-friendly museum exhibits

The Postal Museum Mail Rail
Museums, History

Ride the Mail Rail


Go deeper underground with a journey through London’s 100-year-old postal railway. A perennial classic of our city’s museum experiences, there’s something about riding a very small train that just never gets old.

£16, £9 child (includes exhibition access).

Members Pre Pay Ahoy! Childrens Gallery family Event. Famililes enjoying/playing in the new gallery.
Photograph: Joshua Akin
Museums, Military and maritime

Steer an icebreaker


For more intrepid youngsters, head to the National Maritime Museum’s Ahoy! Gallery (under-sevens) where you can steer an icebreaker through the Arctic seas via an interactive game (make sure there are no polar bears having a nap, eh?). 

Free, £3 weekends and school holidays.

Friction Slide
Photograph: Plastiques Photography
Museums, Science and technology

Zoom down a friction slide

South Kensington

Is there a better way to learn about science than playing on a slide? Found in the Forces zone of the brilliant Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery, kids can learn about friction by how fast they whoosh from top to bottom.

£9, £7.20 child.

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