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The Top 20 Family Exhibitions for 2017





Top 20 Family Exhibitions for 2017

Top 20 Family Exhibitions not to be missed in 2017


Welcome the New Year by planning some great family days out to the UKs top Exhibitions happening this year. Children will be amazed, dazzled and educated whilst enjoy a day out with their family. Most exhibitions are also a joy for parents too and you could learn something new as well. Lots of the UK Museums provide some fantastic exhibitions that offer so much to discover and do, plus the effort that these attractions put into making their exhibits exciting to children of all ages is admirable.
At Let’s Go with the Children we know that kids get bored easily and we know that you don’t want to spend lots, so we have found a mix of FREE and family friendly fun exhibitions. Do you remember the days as a kid when a school trip to the Museum to see a certain exhibition was so exciting because you were getting out of ‘normal’ lessons? Well that is the excitement kids will still feel when you tell them about these new exhibitions they can visit in school holidays and weekends. Admittedly they won’t be skipping maths for it but with many exhibitions offering activities and workshops to engage those enquiring young minds, you’ll be able to spend many hours escaping into a world of science, maths, sports, fashion, history, art and so much more.

Here are our pick of the Top 20 must see exhibitions for 2017!

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Fire! Fire – Museum of London

ongoing to 17 April 2017


This interactive exhibition marks the 350th anniversary of the infamous disaster of the Great Fire of London in 1666. Children will learn and be amazed by this experience which shows the destruction of London through the eyes of people who were there at the time, an interactive exhibition where you'll be able to explore the evidence for yourself and discover how the city rose from the ashes. Your family will step back in time, hear stories of people affected by the disaster, try rebuilding London, play archaeologist and so much more. Book tickets now, Child ticket: £4-8; Adult: £8-12.


Fire Fire Museum of London



Our Lives in Data – Science Museum

ongoing to 1 September 2017


Kids today are being brought up in a highly digital world, very different to the one we grew up in. From the Monday morning commute moans on Twitter to the Saturday night selfies, more information about our lives is being captured than ever before. Take the kids to this fantastic exhibition 'Our Lives in Data' to discover some of the diverse ways our data is being collected, analysed and used. Whilst the devolvement of technology and digital media is exciting and opens up a huge array of opportunities for all of us, it's also a scary concept, at this exhibition you can discover new tools designed to protect your data and join in the discussion live in an interactive quiz. FREE.

Our Lives in Data at Science Museum



Diana: Her Fashion Story – Kensington Palace

Opens 24 February 2017


A highly-anticipated exhibition is opening at beautiful Kensington Palace in February and it will showcase Princess Diana’s fashion collection. An exhibition for older children or those that love royalty and fashion. You’ll discover the beautiful and celebrated outfits from throughout the Princess’s public life. Showing how she navigated her unique position in the public eye: learning to use her image to inspire people and champion the causes she cared about. Admire the extraordinary collection of garments, from glamorous evening gowns, to her ‘working wardrobe’ Catherine Walker suits. Be ready to admire beautiful garments and learn more about the late princess. Cost of exhibition included in entrance to Kensington palace.

Diana Her Fashion Story Kensington Palace



Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered – V&A Museum of Childhood

ongoing to 23 April 2017


No Christmas is complete without a family member questioning everyone’s motive in a game of Monopoly or arguing over whether a word on the Scrabble board really exists. Board games are popular with everyone, young and old will love the Game Plan exhibition at the V&A Museum of Childhood. You’ll discover more than 100 objects, featuring games from around the world and explore the important role of design. Children can engage with hands-on interactives and have the opportunity to become part of one big interactive game that directs visitors around the exhibition. The perfect exhibition to remind us why board games are so popular, as they teach and entertain us, and encourage interaction between family and friends. FREE.

Game Plan at V&A Museum of Childhood



Beazley Designs of the Year – Design Museum

ongoing to 19 February 2017


Children will be amazed by some of the fantastic designs shown at the Beazley Designs of the Year exhibition. This exhibition showcases and celebrates design that promotes or delivers change, enables access, extends design practice or captures the spirit of the year. Now in its ninth year come along and discover what artists have been developing and creating this year, see their influences and the creations they made from this. Family tickets start at £17. Find out times and prices and book now.

Beazley Designs of the Year at Design Museum



Wildlife Photographer of the Year – Natural History Museum

ongoing to 10 September 2017

The whole family will be amazed by the latest instalment of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition at the Natural History Museum. You can enjoy some of the world's best nature photography from intimate shots to dramatic landscapes, children and adults alike will be suitably impressed by the standard. This year with almost 50,000 entries from professionals and amateurs across 95 countries, it was one of the most competitive to date. At this exhibition you will be able to see a collection of 100 beautiful images that reveal the amazing diversity of life on our planet. Family tickets cost £27-£36.90

Wildlife Photographer of the Year at Natural History Museum



Queen Victoria in Paris at The Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery (RAMM)

Ongoing to 23 April 2017

Families can enjoy the forty-four, self-commissioned watercolours of Queen Victoria’s remarkable ten day visit to Paris in 1855, to the Emperor Napoleon III and his wife Eugénie! The watercolours, never before seen in their entirety, show a fascinating world of dramatic illuminations, spectacular balls and exquisite Second Empire interiors.
Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery (RAMM)
City Centre, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3RX

RAMM Queen Victoria in Paris Exhibition



Port Out, Southampton Home at Seacity Museum

Ongoing to 4 June 2017

Have you ever wondered about the ocean liners that sailed from Southampton to various parts of the world? From the 1920s to the 1950s, ocean liners were the lifeblood of Southampton and this exhibition takes visitors behind the scenes of some well-loved vessels, such as the Mauretania, the Queen Mary and the QE2!
SeaCity Museum
Civic Centre, Havelock Road, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 7FY 023 8083 3007

Seacity Museum Port Out Exhibition



Field to Fork Exhibition at Holkham Hall

1 April 2017 - 17 December 2017


Families will enjoy this wonderful exhibition at Holkham Hall, which tells the story of Holkham’s unique farming history and the interesting, complex and interwoven stories of crop production, game-keeping and conservation. Discover how this all contributes to producing the food on your fork! Find out who puts the malt in Maltesers, learn why cow pats are so important, have a go at milling flour, test your food knowledge, enjoy a film and dress up as a gamekeeper! A great day out for all the family.
Holkham Hall www.holkham.co.uk
Holkham Estate, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, NR23 1AB 01328 713111

Holkham Hall Exhibition



Rhyme Around the World at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery

18 February 2017 - 7 May 2017

Add this child-friendly exhibition at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery to your list of places to go with the kids this spring. See artwork by favourite illustrators such as Jessica Ahlberg, Shirley Hughes and Axel Scheffler. The interpretation of original works is suitable for both families and schools, especially for pre-school children. Look forward to an exciting and immersive environment with plenty of chances to enjoy new rhymes and have fun. Please see the website for further information.
Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery
The Square, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 1LH 01743 258885

Shrewsbury Museum Rhyme Around the World



Clangers, Bagpuss & Co at the River & Rowing Museum

4 February 2017 - 4 June 2017

Plan a day out with the kids at the River & Rowing Museum in Henley and discover children's classics the Clangers, Bagpuss and Noggin the Nog brought to life by this wonderful exhibition. In addition to enjoying the story of Bagpuss and the Clangers, visitors will be able to learn about other creations including Ivor the Engine and Noggin the Nog. Take the opportunity to learn to speak Clanger and use modern technology to animate the characters! Why not visit over the opening weekend when the kids will have free admission? Please check the website for further details.
River & Rowing Museum
Mill Meadows, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 1BF 01491 415600

River and Rowing Museum Bagpuss Exhibition



Warrior Treasures: Saxon Gold from The Staffordshire Hoard at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Ongoing - 23 April 2017

Discover a fabulous collection of gold, silver and semi-precious gems from Anglo-Saxon weaponry, all displayed within a mysterious forest setting! This exciting exhibition at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery is a great opportunity to see part of the Staffordshire Hoard, one of the most important Anglo-Saxon finds. Why were these beautifully crafted fittings discarded and buried? Get close to the magnificent treasures and find out how a sword signified a warrior's status and more. Please see the website for ticket information and other details.
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
Queens Road, Bristol, BS8 1RL 0117 922 3571

Bristol Museum Warrior Treasures Exhibition



'A Woman's Work is Never Done' at Quarry Bank Mill

21 January 2017 - 17 April 2017


Add a day out at Quarry Bank Mill to your list of things to do with the kids in spring 2017 and see this new exhibition 'A Woman’s Work is Never Done’. From the girls who lived and worked in the Apprentice House to the ladies in the Greg family, women are part of the Quarry Bank story. This exhibition shines a spotlight on the experiences of the women and girls whose stories have often been overlooked. The exhibition uses art, humour and Quarry Bank's amazing archives to relate the historical stories with  today’s world.
Quarry Bank Mill & Styal Estate
Styal, Cheshire, SK9 4LA 01625 527468

Quarry Bank Mill A Woman's Work is Never Done Exhibition



The 'BFG' in pictures at Tullie House

ongoing to 5 February 2017


Don't miss the chance to see this touring exhibition of 'The BFG in Pictures' from House of Illustration. Showcasing the artwork of Quentin Blake for one of Roald Dahl's favourite stories, the exhibition has been curated by Quentin Blake and displays 40 original artworks, including the first set of illustrations he completed for the book, which were never published. Tullie House will show these iconic and stunning illustrations until February 2017 so plan a day out with the kids before the exhibition moves on.
Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery
Castle Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8TP 01228 618718

Tullie House The BFG in pictures Exhibition



'After the Bees' Exhibition at Manchester Museum

ongoing to 2 July 2017


‘If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left’, is a quotation from Albert Einstein. In response to these unsettling words, the latest exhibition at The University of Manchester Museum presents a series of artworks exploring the haunting consequences of a world without of these precious pollinators. The exhibition features highly detailed, magnified images of specimens from the artist’s collection, captured using electron microscopes at The University of Manchester’s School of Materials. ‘After the Bees’ coincides with current temporary exhibition ‘Extinction or Survival’, and explores related themes around the impact of humans on the world’s natural environment.
The University of Manchester Museum
Oxford Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M13 9PL 0161 275 2648

Manchester Museum After the Bees Exhibition



Bones: Skeleton Secrets of the animal world at Great North Museum: Hancock

4 February 2017 - 14 May 2017

Put this new family friendly exhibition on the list of things to do with the kids this spring. View the enormous collection of animal skeletons from tiny bats to whopping-whales; discover how bones are the hidden key to how animals move, survive and evolve. Take an interactive journey through land, air and ocean and investigate real bones, teeth and fossils from over 100 creatures. See if you can spot a salamander, discover how a snake moves without any feet, how birds can fly and why a frog leaps.
Great North Museum:Hancock
Barras Bridge, Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, NE2 4PT 0191 222 6765

Great North Museum Bones Exhibition



Shaping the Body Exhibition at York Castle Museum

ongoing to 30 November 2017


An iron corset, Regency pantaloons, bum rolls and a killer dress are just a few of the items featured in the latest exhibition at York Castle Museum. The exhibition charts the way fashion, food and fitness have shaped the human body over the last 400 years. Investigate the extremes of fashion that were used to achieve the perfect look throughout history to the present day.
York Castle Museum
Eye of York, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 9RY 01904 687687


York Castle Museum Shaping the Body Exhibition



Wollaton Hall Exhibition Premiere - 'Dinosaurs of China'

1 July 2017 - 29 October 2017


Put a reminder on your phone for 'Dinosaurs of China', the world exclusive exhibition of Dinosaurs coming to Europe for the first time. Wollaton Hall, Nottingham, will host the main exhibition, with a complementary exhibition at Lakeside Arts Centre. Featuring fossils and soft specimens including skin and feathers never seen outside Asia, the exhibition will bring to life the story of how dinosaurs evolved into the birds that live alongside us today. Dinosaurs of China will present some of the most amazing preserved dinosaur fossils from anywhere in the world. See the website for forthcoming details.
Wollaton Hall & Deer Park
Wollaton Road, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG8 2AE 0115 915 3900


Wollaton Hall Dinosaurs of China Exhibition



Laurentic Exhibition at The Tower Museum

25 January 2017 - 21 June 2017


This fascinating exhibition tells the story of the White Star Line passenger ship, SS Laurentic, which sank off Lough Swilly on a bitter cold night in January, 100 years ago. It was carrying 3,000 bars of gold when it went down. Discover the story of this famous ship, the many salvage operations and the search for the elusive gold still on board!
Tower Museum
Union Hall Place, Derry, Londonderry, BT48 6LU 0287 137 2411

The Tower Museum Laurentic Exhibition



Wriggle! The Wonderful World of Worms at the National Museum Cardiff

Ongoing to 30 September 2017

How about delving into the amazing world of worms during a kids day out in South Wales? Crawl into the 'wriggloo' at the National Museum Cardiff’s wonderfully family-friendly exhibition and see what the world might look like to an earthworm. Explore the role of worms in popular culture, find out what sort of worm you might be as you have fun with the interactive game and discover more about the diversity of worms including the Bobbit Worm and the bone-eating snot flower! Please visit the website for more information.
National Museum Cardiff
Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3NP 029 2039 7951

Cardiff Museum Wonderful World of Worms Exhibition



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