For families, Gunnersbury park and museum is a special place to explore.
In the museum, games, dressing up and objects to play with will help you discover what life was like for families in the past. Outside in the park, why not follow our family trail or create your own scavenger hunt? You can pick your own perfect picnic spot, make the most of all the space to run around and get adventurous in the playground.
Bringing history to life in Gunnersbury museum
Imagine what life would have been like when the wealthy Rothschild family lived at Gunnersbury. Head to the dining room to meet some of the key characters from the Gunnersbury story. Next, move on to the butler’s pantry and the historic kitchens to find out how this great household was run.
You can also explore what life in the local area was like for families in the past. In the Toys and Games Gallery you can play with Victorian toys and even dress up as a Victorian child. If the whole family fancies dressing up, then make your way to the Fashion Gallery upstairs where there is a variety of clothes from the past to try on. It might bring back memories of favourite outfits or fashion disasters!
Very young visitors (0-5 years) will enjoy a special trail designed to stimulate their senses. Simply borrow a backpack from reception and go on a journey through the museum and out into the park too.
The great outdoors at Gunnersbury
Let the children lead the way on a family trail through the park. Arm them with their very own map and you’ll embark on an outdoor adventure complete with lots of activities along the way. Pick up your free copy from the museum reception.
Fancy becoming nature detectives? Then make tracks to the nature trail. The path winds through a woodland glade, past a bug hotel and nesting boxes before popping out in the middle of the wildflower meadow. If you want to take a closer look at any natural items you find, look out for our ‘magposts’ which have built in magnifying glasses.
Play time in Gunnersbury park’s adventure playground
For children who love to swing, climb and slide our large enclosed playground is the perfect place to use up some energy. Designed for under 14s, you’ll find everything from balance beams to a spider climbing frame to a zip wire. There’s also a separate toddlers’ area. Next to the café is another play space for younger children, which includes a carriage climbing frame.
Food and drink
The Gunnersbury Park Café has a special children’s menu which includes pizza, pasta and favourites such as fish fingers and sausages. And for every adult meal purchased, a child eats free from the children’s menu.
Good to know
There are toilets in the café and in the park (between the café and museum). Both have baby changing facilities. And in the museum we have a family toilet, which includes a toilet cubicle, sink and changing table.
Prams are welcome in the museum and there is a lift for easy access to all galleries.