Posted by: MummyTravels | March 11, 2012

The most family friendly museum

Six months ago, the thought of a family-friendly museum probably wouldn’t even have registered. Now I’ve suddenly found myself eyeing up a woman with three kids wandering around Belfast’s Ulster Museum, and thinking, ‘This looks encouraging’. So I might as well start planning for the future.

And the Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award, which is judged by families, has released its new longlist of the 20 best for 2012, with everything from a necklace of dried frogs at Liverpool’s World Museum to Andy Warhol in Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

All chosen because they go out of their way to make visitors of all ages feel welcome, they might organise archaeological digs for teenagers (still a little way off) or provide messy play for toddlers (which suddenly feels like it could be right around the corner) right beneath a work of art.

The final 20 are being whittled down to a shortlist by a panel of judges, before being road-tested anonymously by families who pick the winner. But for inspiration, here’s the full set.

World Museum, Liverpool
Haslemere Educational Museum, Surrey
Museum of London and Museum of London Docklands
National Army Museum, London
The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke on Trent
River and Rowing Museum, Henley on Thames
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Jewish Museum, London
Museum of English Rural Life, West Berkshire
Brixham Heritage Museum, Devon
Geffrye Museum, London
The Cardiff Story
Cumberland House Natural History Museum, Southsea
Manchester Museum
Nottingham Contemporary
Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon
Wolverhampton Art Gallery
National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives
Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Cumbria

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