From hands-on science experiments to living history, our top 10 interactive museums are places where you can really get stuck in. Learn how to navigate a plane, become a Victorian doctor or make your own pop record at museums where getting involved is all part of the fun.
London , England
Britain’s first interactive history of British popular music is an all singing all dancing journey through UK pop. Step into interactive audio visual spaces that explore great British music moments throughout history, witness one-off interviews from the biggest stars, flick through a virtual vinyl box, record yourself singing, mixing, playing guitar, keyboard or drums and bust your moves as you Dance the Decades and feel the adrenaline rush of performing to a massive crowd.
Manchester , England
Surrounded by mountains, this excellent open-air museum explores the Highland way of life through living history. Take a journey through 200 years of Highland history and see how Scottish Highlanders lived, how they built their homes, how they worked the land and how they dressed. You’ll also have a chance to travel in period vehicles and try traditional crafts.
The Thackray Museum tells the story of medicine through the ages with interactive exhibits that are fascinating, educational and occasionally a little hard to stomach! Wear an ‘empathy belly’ to see what it’s like to be pregnant, step back in time to Victorian Leeds to help cure patients and see how gruesome 19th-century surgery was performed.
Cardiff , Wales
Venture down a real coalmine at this award-wining museum dedicated to one of Wales’ most famous industries. Enjoy a multi-media tour of a modern coal mine with a virtual miner in the Mining Galleries, then head underground for a real-life mining experience guided by an ex-miner.
Belfast , Northern Ireland
This ‘walk around Wales’ from Celtic times to the present day is Wales’ top heritage attraction where history is brought to life in a series of interactive exhibits . Visit historic buildings, see real craftsmen practise traditional skills and check out their regular programme of tours, talks and classes.