Join us for regular weekend family workshops, where we invite families to be creative and learn together, alongside artists, illustrators and designers. Explore Somerset House and our exhibitions and displays though an exciting range of activities, from painting and model-making to fashion design and animation. Each workshop is designed to inspire and encourage creative discovery, and spark fresh activities to try at home.
Here's what people have been saying about our workshops:
Allowed children to be very creative... Great quality materials.
Excellent staff - encouraging and creative.
A fantastic day out!
Make a mini museum for all of your favourite trinkets & treasures! House your curious collections in secret compartments, make colourful components and collect, collect, collect. This workshop is led in association with The Museum of Innocence. Free for families with accompanied children aged 6-12 years.
Look beyond the boundaries of space and place in this artist led workshop with a twist. Explore how ways of thinking, acting and being affect what we make and how we create. This workshop is led in association with Venturing Beyond. Free for families with accompanied children aged 6-12 years.
Take on a three-dimensional challenge! Design your very own piece of public art and decide the fates and fortunes of a site specific sculpture. This workshop is led in association with Out There: Our Post-War Public Art. Free for families with accompanied children aged 6-12 years.
The spirit of the River Thames runs through Somerset House, in fact the river used to flow directly into the building before Victoria Embankment was built. When entering the building via the Great Arch you can see Somerset House’s unofficial mascot: Father Thames, London’s own watery guardian, overseeing the river from its source all the way through London to where the river meets the sea.
Click here to download our ather Thames Activity Sheet
Suitable for families with children aged 6-12years.
Somerset House supports the 2010 Kids in Museums Manifesto: