Families

What Hackney families have said:
“Hackney Museum gets 5 stars from us for being super child-friendly!…it feels very roomy with tons of interactive sections balanced with ample written info, guaranteeing to keep the whole family busy!” Feb 2023

Hackney Museum is the perfect place for a fun and relaxed family day out. There are plenty of hands-on activities to keep children engaged while you are visiting: a 38 red bus, an Anglo Saxon boat, Victorian dressing up and much more!

What’s on

Easter holidays – Celebrating Hackney’s Adventure Playgrounds

During the Easter holidays we will be running activities inspired by the new Celebrating Hackney’s Adventure Playgrounds exhibition. Come and create placards, signs and pictures to show how you feel about adventure playgrounds. You can also have fun in the exhibition with our loose parts play.

Drop-in craft activity:
Tuesday 2nd – Saturday 13th April 10am to 1pm

Free. All children must be supervised by a responsible adult

Colourful painted sign. Words on sign read 'Play is Power'.

Fun Fridays and Super Saturdays

Learn about life in Hackney with our fun hands-on activities every Friday, Saturday and school holidays. Live like Anglo-Saxons and load the Saxon boat; learn about Victorian toys and try on historical costumes or find out how people travelled in and around Hackney by being a bus driver on a number 38 bus.

During the school holidays there will also be items for loose parts play, inspired by the Celebrating Hackney’s Adventure Playgrounds exhibition.

All children must be supervised by a responsible adult.

Available on:
Fridays: 9.30am-5.30pm
Saturdays: 10am-5pm
These activities are also available throughout school holidays.

Baby sitting in a wooden log boat

Plan your day out

Getting here

See the Visitor Information page to get more information on how to get here.

Food and drink

Eating and drinking (except bottled water) are not allowed in Hackney Museum. We do not have a cafe, however there are many cafes, restaurants, pubs and world kitchens nearby.

Buggy parking

Hackney Museum is on the ground floor and has automatic doors, making it easy to move around the space with your pushchair. We also provide a sign-posted buggy parking space inside the museum so you can leave your buggy to one side if you would like to during your visit.

Baby changing

Baby changing facilities are available. Breastfeeding/nursing is welcome.

Nearby things to do with your children

Hackney Central Library – the library is located on the first floor of the museum’s building and has a whole section dedicated to children’s books. It regularly hosts storytelling sessions on Friday mornings.
More information here.

London Fields – this beautiful and popular park offers play areas, a lido, outdoor gym and accessible toilets.
More information here.

Hackney Empire – the theatre runs family-friendly shows throughout the year, and is extremely popular during Christmas for its pantomime.
More information here.

Hackney Picturehouse – the cinema’s programme includes films and animations.
More information here.

Hackney City Farm – children will love to see and pet the farm’s animals, and learn how to plant vegetables.
More information here.