London Recommendations from MuseumMum

Monday, 20 September 2021

If you follow us on Instagram, you may have seen a few posts cropping up here and there from MuseumMum. We’re working in partnership with MuseumMum - also known as Vyki - as she searches high and low for some of the best things to see and do in London with the kids. Our eyes and ears on the ground in London, Vyki will be providing us with her insider knowledge on where to go and what to do.

This month, she’s taken us with her as she and her kids have visited the likes of The Postal Museum, the Natural History Museum to see the Fantastic Beasts and the V&A to visit Alice and her Wonderland.

There will be plenty more recommendations on their way soon, so make sure you follow us to keep up-to-date with everything going on.

Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser at The V&A Museum

Running until 31 December 2021, the Alice in Wonderland exhibition at the V&A recreates Alice’s rabbit-hole adventures through theatrical sets and digital wizardry.

Explore Alice’s origins, adaptations and reinventions over its 157 year history and enjoy this immersive and theatrical show. This exhibition will help you to learn more about the science which inspired the original illustrations for the books and the cultural legacy behind Alice herself.

See original drawings from the first published edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland or tumble down the rabbit hole and embark on a mind-bending trip into a virtual reality wonderland.

MuseumMum tip: Bring a change of clothes and a towel for little ones to paddle in the John Madejski Garden courtyard pool.

After you’ve been amazed by Alice at the V&A, head to the Science Museum or Natural History Museum which are both just across the road, or walk up to Hyde Park for some fresh air.

Nearest underground station: South Kensington
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Fantastic Beasts at Natural History Museum

This one’s for fans of the Wizarding World. Discover where the real world and the Wizarding World intertwine, and how the wonders of the natural world have inspired myths, legends and magical creatures for generations at the Natural History Museum.

See creatures, specimens and artefacts from the Museum’s world-leading scientific collections, before heading into a world of digital installations and iconic Wizarding World elements from the Fantastic Beasts film series.

Kids get a free activity book to record their discoveries, and there’s plenty to keep the adults entertained, until the exhibition ends on 3 January 2022.

Once you’ve finished exploring the exhibition, expand your horizons even further as you discover what the rest of the museum has to offer.

Nearest underground station: South Kensington

Find out more about Fantastic Beasts at the Natural History Museum.

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The Postal Museum and Mail Rail

Ride through hidden tunnels and discover a unique piece of industrial heritage at the Postal Museum and Mail Rail. Explore the original tunnels and station platforms of London’s 100-year-old postal railway, and see and hear the people who worked on it.

Take in a theatrical experience that travels back to the railway’s heyday in the 1930s and enjoy the award winning audio-visual presentation along the way.

For the little’uns among us, there is a postal-themed play area. Let them discover an immersive mini-town with streets, buildings, trolleys, pulleys, slides and chutes.

Once you’ve explored all there is to explore at The Postal Museum, The Charles Dickens museum is just around the corner! See manuscripts and personal items displayed in the author's former home, where he wrote Oliver Twist!

Nearest station: St Pancras

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Don’t forget to keep an eye on our feeds to see where MuseumMum is going to recommend next! If you do get out and about, don’t forget to share your experiences with us on social media using the hashtag #YesEMR.

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