Family Activities



    • Wound Makeup Workshops

    30th September
    10am - 3pm


    Use make-up techniques from stage and film to create scary scars, bubbling boils and pus filled pimples.

    Workshops take place every 30 minutes. Please sign up on arrival at the museum.

    Please note that there is a small charge of £2 per wound.


    • October Half Term: Eye Dissection Workshops

    23rd - 27th October
    11am - 3pm

    Discover how the eye works in these fascinating hands-on dissection workshops

    With the help of an expert, you will be led through the dissection of an eye* to understand how the images we see are formed.   Find out about each part of the eye - lens, cornea, iris, optic nerve and retina - and discover how they work together to create the images we see.  By the end of the workshop you will understand the blind spot, why we blink, the purpose of tears and how to look after your eyes.

    These practical workshops are perfect for all the family to take part in.

    *Animal eye

    What will it cost?
    Normal museum admission charges apply and there is an additional charge of £3 per eye payable on arrival at the workshop. Don't forget that if you already have an annual ticket, then admission to the museum is free and you will only need to pay for the workshop.

    Workshops will take place at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

    How to book:
    A limited number of places are available to book in advance and the rest will be available to sign up to on the day.  When booking your place, please only book one eye per family group. Please note that children must be supervised by an adult and we ask that adults supervise no more than 3 children.

    If you would like to reserve a place, please do that here. Once your place is reserved, you will then need to pay on arrival. Places cannot be held and if you have not arrived 5 minutes prior to the workshop start time, your place will be reallocated.  Once advance reservations are fully booked, the remaining places will be available to book on arrival at the museum, on a first come first served basis.  Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.


    • Autism Friendly Quiet Mornings

    To offer a calmer environment, audio in the ground floor galleries is turned down between 9.30am - 11am on the first Sunday of every month.
    In addition to Quiet Mornings, ear defenders and a What to Expect gallery guide are available all year round from reception.
    Upcoming Quiet Mornings:

    3rd September
    1st October
    5th November
    3rd December


We are now affiliated with Leeds Children’s University