Please note, the Piper Gallery will be closed between the 27th Nov and 7th December for essential maintenance works. Explore our website to discover John Piper while the gallery is temporarily closed. Discover John Piper



Bring your family along to the Museum to dive into a world of fun and discovery!

We have so much for you to see and do, from our galleries and dedicated spaces right through to our riverbank trails that give you new ways to explore the natural world on our doorstep.

Look out for our family events and activities over the holidays – you might even meet Mr Toad!

Little Willows

Our Little Willows area is the heart of the family visit to the Museum. Enjoy creative play with your little ones with historic Henley fancy dress, hands-on activities and plenty of space to have a good time.

Our Galleries

There’s lots for little ones to enjoy in our main galleries too, with interactive activities that bring the stories we tell to life, fancy dress, trails and more. Unlock wonder and exploration.

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A young boy, seen from behind, looks up to the ceiling of the Rowing Gallery where lots of boats are hanging above his head. Other children are exploring the gallery in the background.
Looking through a gap in a brick wall we see figurines of Ratty and Mr Toad sitting down to have tea in a small white room, at a table with a white tablecloth.

The Wind in the Willows

Jump into the beloved story of Ratty, Mole, Badger, and of course, Mr Toad. Our Wind in the Willows 3D experience is beloved of young and old alike. Make tea in the washerwoman’s caravan, share in the thrills of Mr Toad’s escapades, and peep into Mole’s cosy home. Pick up an audio guide from our friendly front desk team for a fully immersive experience.

Dive Deeper

Very impressed with how interactive the Museum was, loads to do for kids!

Museum visitor

Activity Trails

With our terrific trails you can dive deeper into the Museum’s stories, or explore our beautiful natural surroundings. All trails can be downloaded to your phone or tablet, or printed out at home before your visit.

A woman is doing a dance with a Mr Toad character in front of an audience of children. The backdrop is leafy willow branches in the sunlight
A young girl and boy together turn the handle to operate an old-fashioned printing press. They are helped by an older man wearing an ink-stained apron
A group of young children all hold up decorative banners that they have made. The banners are decorated with letters, animals and abstract shapes.
young boy examining insects in container


Meet Mr Toad, enjoy singing, dancing and try out fun, creative activities. Sign up to our e-news to keep up to date with events and activities coming up.

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Family FAQs

What are the ticket prices for families

Families can buy individual day tickets, family tickets, or, if you will be visiting us often, Annual Passes. Under-5s get free entry and other prices can be found here:


Do you have family parking

We have a large car park for Museum visitors with plenty of space for buggies. There is ramp access from the car park to the main entrance.

Parking Information

Can I bring a buggy

Absolutely! There is ramp access from the riverbank or from our carpark. Once inside, there is a lift to the first floor, or you can leave buggies in our buggy park area by the stairs.

Can I bring a picnic

You are welcome to bring a picnic: we have benches on the grass outside for you to use.

Please note, food and drink can’t be brought into the galleries as it risks introducing hungry critters that are a risk to our collection. We love a picnic as much as you, so please use our dedicated picnic benches on the grass outside the museum.

Do you have baby changing facilities

Baby changing facilities can be found in the accessible toilet on the ground floor.

A boy and his mother lean over to look intently at a decorated wooden boat on display in the Museum. The boy is pointing at it.
Three teenage girls are drawing from artworks on the gallery wall, using clipboards.
young boy examining insects in container

It was fantastic and I will recommend it to everyone! I will come here again and again.

Jackson, age 10

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Two men and a woman using tin plates to row a canoe in the 1930s
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