Free gallery backpacks

Please note, the families desk will be closed on 6, 14, 20, 29 and 30 July and backpacks will be unavailable. Families can collect activity trails from the information desk.

Free, a deposit of £10 is required

Available from the Families desk in the Great Court

The British Museum's schools programme dates align with the London Borough of Camden school holidays calendar which can be found here.

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Each activity backpack can take up to 90 minutes to complete, and there is limited availability.

To help prepare your child for a visit, download our Gallery backpacks guide

Little feet: Alfred the explorer

A backpack for under 5s and their families for use in any area of the Museum.

Visiting during the week in term-time? Collect your backpack from the Ford Centre for Young Visitors.
Suitable for under 5s

African adventure

Spot and match the animals, make an animal mask, and identify pot designs while blindfolded.
Suitable for ages 5–9

Life in ancient Greece

Dress up as an ancient Greek, try out children’s games, and sniff the bottles and guess the smell!
Suitable for ages 5–9

Egyptian Mummy

Identify amulets blindfolded, write your name in hieroglyphs, and examine mummification materials.
Suitable for ages 7–11

Jobs in Roman Britain

Match modern objects with ancient objects, write on a wax tablet, and make a mosaic.
Suitable for ages 7–11

Become an archaeologist

Record a skeleton, see cylinder seals, arrange ancient friezes, and build a winged-lion.
Suitable for ages 8–12

Marvellous Mexico

Learn about Aztec gods, spin the Aztec calendar, and make a turquoise mosaic. 
Suitable for ages 8–12

egyptian mummy

Egyptian mummy