museums and galleries in UK

Top 5 free museums and galleries in UK for families

It is always nice to take the family for a day out and experience some culture. This can often be prohibitively expensive, but luckily there are a few free attractions you can visit whether you’re on a tight budget or not. They are spread all over the UK and are all well worth a look.

National Museum, Cardiff

This is a very large museum and is the best Wales has to offer. It’s easy to spend a full day looking around the art galleries and Evolution of Wales exhibitions as well as the natural history parts. It’s a fun day out for the whole family and is very educational regarding Welsh history. There are of course refreshments available and the building itself is quite a sight too.

Riverside Museum, Glasgow

North of the border is an impressive museum too. Even before you go inside you can marvel at the impressive architecture of the purpose built building. The Riverside Museum showcases Glasgow’s marine past and modern day achievements. There are art exhibitions and installations as well as collections of model cars and an historic set of of Glasgow streets for a stroll down memory lane.

Victoria Art Gallery, Bath

This art gallery in Bath has some very impressive collections. There are a number of exhibits centred around Jane Austen and Bath, but there are also a significant number of other works. There are regularly changing exhibits and you’ll see everything here from 15th century classics to the work of modern masters.

Great North Museum, Newcastle

This museum has been an attraction since 1884 and encompasses pretty much everything. There are bones and fossils, plants and flora and there are very impressive collections of Greek and Egyptian artefacts too. There is a good section on local history as well and the whole place is an excellent day out.

Science Museum, London

This is the most popular science museum in Europe and has over 15,000 articles displayed. No matter which area of science interests you, there is an exhibit on everything from astronomy to aeronautics and there are also interactive exhibits for kids too. The museum itself is free but there is a charge to view the IMAX 3D cinema.

Entry into all of these museums is free, but they will ask for donations towards running costs. Even then you can choose if you want to donate and how much you wish to give, but it is worthwhile so that people can continue to enjoy the exhibits.