Family-Friendly Museums in the UK
The Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum annual award is given to one museum, gallery, historic home or heritage site in the UK that goes the extra mile to provide a great experience for families.
Each year they receive hundreds of public nominations, which are whittled down to a shortlist by an expert panel. The final say goes to families, who go undercover and visit the shortlisted museums over the summer holidays, with their experiences deciding the winner.
And the Winner of Most Family Friendly Museum in the UK is…
Congratulations to the National Emergency Services Museum in Sheffield!
This independent museum, dedicated to celebrating the heroic history of the emergency services, was named the UK’s best for families in an awards ceremony in London.
Family judges were impressed by the hands-on nature of the museum, encouraging young people to learn through play – with fire engine rides, driving simulators, dressing up, climbing walls, climb-on vehicles and interactive galleries, covering topics from the Great Fire of London to modern fire safety and staying safe in the water.
They also praised the friendly staff, great facilities, year-long tickets and relaxed atmosphere, meaning they felt free to have fun and “be very silly!”
One family judge said:
“I thought the museum was incredible and we really enjoyed our visit. It was so well set up for children to interact with, and interesting for adults. Staff were friendly and the facilities were perfect… We will be going back and I’ve already recommended it to numerous other families!!”
The 5 Winners
The full list of Winners for the Family Friendly Museum Award 2022:
Overall Winner & Best Small Museum
National Emergency Services Museum, Sheffield
Best Medium Museum
Museum of Making, Derby
Best Large Museum
National Maritime Museum, London
Best Accessible Museum
Best Family Engagement Team
PK Porthcurno, Cornwall
The National Emergency Services Museum succeeds last year’s winner, Bailiffgate Museum & Gallery in Alnwick, Northumberland.