We have lots to offer families visiting the Museum. Family admission ticket, craft and object-handling events during school holidays, Family Explorer backpacks, the chance to dress up as a Pilgrim, Pioneer or Cowboy, interactive touch screens in the American Heritage Exhibition and Folk Art Gallery, plus lots of lawn space for running around!

Our 2016 exhibition, An American Toy Story is packed full of toys inspired by blockbuster movies— great for kids of all ages. There’s also an interactive area with dressing-up and plenty of toys and games to keep everyone entertained.

We can now accommodate single-width pushchairs. If you’d prefer, our Reception desk has a baby pouch and ‘hippy-chicks’ for young children to be carried while prams & pushchairs are parked in the Reception area. Baby-changing facilities are situated in the Exhibition Gallery.

The Orangery Cafe has high-chairs and offers children’s lunch boxes (can comprise of ½ sandwich, small cookie, pom bears, raisins, drink) or, if preferred, a small portion of hot and cold lunch food. There is a range of cold drinks and ice creams and, for those colder days, hot chocolate with marshmallows or mini-cino.

Local families also benefit from becoming Museum Members; family membership entitles you to visit throughout the year, meeting friends for tea in our cafe, exploring the gardens and grounds, taking part in Family Fun activities, and enjoying our magical Christmas displays  .