Families are one of the most important audience groups in museums, galleries and historic sites. Family learning is intergenerational and has been recognised as strengthening the skills and lifelong learning of both adults and children.


Museums, galleries and historic sites need to be family friendly spaces – running a programme of activities will not work unless the space is welcoming. Ideally facilities for families, such as changing rooms and pushchair spaces, should be available as well.


Families come in all shapes and sizes. Often grandparents bring children to activities or just one parent will bring several kids. It is important that there are plenty of staff to assist with onsite activities and that those staff enjoy working with families. All staff working with children (families or schools) need to be police checked.


There are various ways you can think about programming learning activities for families:



Return to ‘Audiences for Learning Programmes’