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Top Educational Days Out

It is for good reason that London has been named the museum capital of the world. With such a wealth of information at our fingertips, why not take an educational day out to one of these top sites?

THE HORNIMAN MUSEUM

The Horniman museum contains a wealth to see and do, from specialist exhibitions and permanent collections of Victorian anthropology, natural history and musical instruments, to an animal park, butterfly house and aquarium. The extensive gardens contain the neoclassical mosaic ‘Humanity in the House of Circumstance’ and a totem pole, and the building itself is stunning to look at. Highly recommended by all visitors, this South London gem has something for everyone.
100 London Road. Forest Hill, SE23 3PQ
www.horniman.ac.uk/home

MUSICAL MUSEUM

How much do you know about the intricate details of how mechanical musical instruments were created through the ages? This is your chance to find out! Holding one of the world’s foremost collections of self-playing musical instruments, as well as the world’s largest collection of historic musical rolls is the Musical Museum in Brentford. Easily accessible via public transport and with plenty of parking, you definitely shouldn’t pass up a trip to the #1 Speciality Museum in Greater London.
Open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays
Demonstrations of instruments at 11.30, 13.30 and 15.30
399 High Street, Brentford, TW8 0DU
www.musicalmuseum.co.uk

THE FLEMING MUSEUM

Take any budding scientific minds to see the laboratory in which Alexander Fleming discovered and developed the uses of penicillin in medicine, restored to its original 1928 condition. Declared an International Historic Chemical Landmark by the American Chemical Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry, it contains displays and videos to guide you through the Nobel prize-winning breakthrough that revolutionised medicine.
St Mary’s Hospital, Praed Street, London W2 1NY
https://www.imperial.nhs.uk/about-us/who-we-are/fleming-museum

RAGGED SCHOOL MUSEUM

Experience a glimpse of the lives of Victorian children in the unique classroom at the Ragged School Museum, which has been restored to its 1870s heritage as a free school for poor children in the East End of London. Authentically equipped with ancient school desks, blackboards and slate writing boards (as well as a dunce hat!), there are artefacts that visitors may handle and once a month a lesson led by an actor in full Victorian costume.
Open between 10am and 5pm every Weds and Thurs, and 2-5pm on the first Sunday of every month.
46-50 Copperfield Road, E3 4RR, close to Mile End tube station.
www.raggedschoolmuseum.org.uk

GRANT MUSEUM OF ZOOLOGY AND COMPARATIVE ANATOMY

Not only is this museum free, it even has educational handouts for little ones to work through as you gaze at the vast collection of skeletons (and other gruesome body parts) of different animals. Top exhibits include an African Rock Python skeleton and a jar of moles...
Open Mon-Sat 1-5pm
Rockefeller Building, University College London, 21 University Street, WC1E 6DE
https://www.ucl.ac.uk/culture/grant-museum-zoology

Skeletons at the Horniman Museum - photo by Andrea Vail www.flickr.com