Museum Mum Picks: September 2020

It’s not just schools reopening this month – more London museums throw open their doors, and popular arts festivals return. Read on for my pick of reopenings and cultural activities for London families this month.


Welcome back! The following museums reopen this month:

NB: You need to pre-book your visit for almost all of these, I’ve popped a handy link in each listing for you.

  • British Library (1 September, FREE)
  • Kenwood House (2 September, FREE)
  • Saatchi Gallery (3 September, FREE)
  • Discover Story (4 September, paid)
  • Museum of Brands (4 September, paid)
  • London Transport Museum (7 September, paid)
  • National Maritime Museum (7 September, FREE)
  • Pitzhanger Manor (10 September, paid)
  • Roald Dahl Museum (10 September, paid)
  • Leighton House Museum (12 September, paid)
  • Grant Museum and Petrie Museum (26 September, FREE)


Summer is extended – at the London Museum of Water and Steam at least! They are keeping their Garden and Splash Zone open for bubbles, water play, crafts, trails and musical storytelling. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays until 26 September, FREE
Read about our pre-pandemic visit to the museum here

The inaugural London Mural Festival sees top international street artists create over 40 new vibrant walls, tunnels, and even a barge. Keep an eye on their social media to find out what’s finished and where. The festival culminates in a two-day mural jam at IQL Stratford. Until 4 October, FREE

Totally Thames Festival returns to celebrate the River Thames. This year’s programme mixes in-person activities with virtual events, including clown shows at Tidefest (6 September, FREE), mandala making along the Thames Estuary (12-27 September, FREE), AR tours and online storytelling. 1-30 September, including both FREE and paid events


Be transported back in time with live jazz at Lazy Music Sunday Music Series at Eltham Palace and Gardens (6, 13 & 27 September). Explore 19 acres of award-winning gardens and step inside the striking Art Deco mansion. Or there’s a live falconry display (19-20 September). Paid

Keep an eye on Distdancing’s social media for a chance to catch FREE performances by Royal Ballet dancers alongside the canal at Hoxton Docks

Think you know London? Join in with Visit the City’s Ultimate Londoner Live Stream Quiz Event to win fantastic prizes including afternoon tea and a night at The Ned. 6 September, 7pm, FREE


Share the names of newborns and dearly departeds with interactive installation Arrivals and Departures by Yara + Davina. You’ll find the airport style announcement boards in the spectacular courtyard of Somerset House, once the home of the General Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths. 10 September – 10 October, FREE

Marvel over the largest ever Bronze Age hoard discovered in London in Havering Hoard: A Bronze Age Mystery at Museum of London Docklands. Discover what life was like nearly 3,000 years ago, and see over 400 objects. 11 September 20 – 18 April 21, FREE, booking required.

Bring your own picnic blankets, folding chairs and dancing shoes to Chillifest. Enjoy live Latin Jazz Funk, chilli tasting and a heaviest veg competition in Fulham Palace‘s beautiful walled garden. 13 Sep, FREE

Open House Families is back and activities include ‘Can you draw like Brunel’ family activities at the Brunel Museum, do a trail and take home activities at Museum of London, drawing at Brunel Museum and online Thames Tale storytelling. 19-20 September, FREE


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