Tucked away in the City of London is a gem of a place, the Museum of London. Not one of the best known London museums (there are a lot to choose from), it could easily be overlooked. Don’t be tempted! Inside its austere exterior is 450,000 years of history and plenty of activities for children. Documenting the city’s past events from prehistoric London to the Romans through to the London Olympics, its a fascinating and educational space. I thoroughly enjoyed exploring on my last visit. This November, the museum is putting on a special event to celebrate technology in the city with a free festival geared towards families.

Celebrate Your City Festival

Taking place on Saturday 11 November until Sunday 12 November, it’s a weekend not to be missed for any child (or adult) interested in coding, inventions and technology.

Celebrate your City Technology festivall: Museum of London
© Museum of London

Looking at the range of activities available, you’ll walk away a bonafide digital expert. There’s the opportunity to learn to code like a pro, create amazing inventions, explore GPS technology and much more.

Raspberry Pi

The festival is created in partnership with the mini computer company Raspberry Pi who will be on hand to show what you can create with its basic single-board computers.

We have one lingering in our cupboards which my husband bought a few years ago. It would be good to learn how to use it. No doubt my daughter’s knowledge will soon overtake my own but it’s so important to keep learning and try to stay ahead of the technology curve.

Raspberry Pi computer

The Raspberry Pi experts will show what can be created with the tiny computer. Did you know you can make items such as a robot with blinking antennas, a digital pixel pet or even a basic piece of wearable technology. I didn’t! How cool is that?

Technology in London

How about discovering the role technology plays in London on a daily basis? You can get to grips with the inner workings of the iconic Tower Bridge as you explore programming techniques. Or, track your movements around the museum using GPS technology. Being a family of travel addicts, this will prove very useful!

Tower Bridge, London

What about all the waste that is generated in London every day? Explore how rubbish is treated, where it goes and help build a renewable factory out of recycled materials.

What will no doubt excite my daughter will be the hands-on adventure activity (ok, I admit I’ll love it too). Families will have to unlock messages, codes and phone calls to free an illustrious inventor locked inside her flat.

Once your head has been filled to the brim with technology inspiration, you can sit back and listen as storytellers take you on a fun journey through the history of communication.

The Museum of London continues to surprise and this is an event we are very much looking to attending.

Other family exhibitions

As well as the technology festival, the Museum of London also has an exhibition on Paddington 2. Go behind the scenes of the film and view a small collection of props and costumes used in the movie.

Paddington Bear 2: © P&Co.Ltd./SC 2017
© P&Co.Ltd./SC 2017

This December, Santa will be at the museum in his secret grotto. Children can tell him their Christmas wish and receive a special gift. Or, take to the streets of London with the museum’s Victorian walk which will transport you back in time. With Christmas decorations and the sound of Victorian carols sung in the distance, you can see the same London Ebenezer Scrooge would have viewed.

The Museum of London’s free Celebrate your City festival is on 11-12 November from 11am – 4pm. Nearest tube is Barbican or St Paul’s. The museum is open daily 10am-6pm. For more information visit the website.

*This post has been sponsored by  Museum of London
** Pictures courtesy of Museum of London, Pixabay and Studio Canal

Have you been to the Museum of London before? Would you be interested in going to the technology festival?

37 Comments on Museum of London Celebrates Technology At Family Festival

    • Wander Mum
      November 7, 2017 at 11:46 am (3 weeks ago)

      I know, I’m impressed at how early they are taught coding too – it’s certainly the future! Paddington 2 is out this Friday (10th Nov).

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  1. beatravelling
    November 7, 2017 at 8:59 am (3 weeks ago)

    I probably needed to be at this festival too. Technology is not my forte 🙂

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  2. beatravelling
    November 7, 2017 at 9:00 am (3 weeks ago)

    I probably needed to be at this festival too. Technology is not my forte 🙂

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    • Wander Mum
      November 7, 2017 at 11:03 am (3 weeks ago)

      Hehe. Yep, me too!

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  3. California Globetrotter
    November 7, 2017 at 9:34 am (3 weeks ago)

    Not likely to be a festival I would personally find myself at, but I can imagine all the cool things that are probably there! I struggle just with my iphone or laptop sometimes haha so I’m not the most tech savvy person. #CityTripping
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    • Wander Mum
      November 7, 2017 at 11:02 am (3 weeks ago)

      Haha! Neither am I but would love to learn more.

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    • Wander Mum
      November 7, 2017 at 11:44 am (3 weeks ago)

      Isn’t it a great event!

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  4. Claire at Tin Box Traveller
    November 7, 2017 at 11:47 am (3 weeks ago)

    Raspeberry Pis are incredible. I expect my two will be using them soon! And I know they’d love the Paddington Exhibition. I can’t wait to see that film with them #citytripping
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    • Wander Mum
      November 10, 2017 at 3:23 pm (2 weeks ago)

      Aren’t they…I really need to learn how to use ours!

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  5. Lisa
    November 7, 2017 at 1:59 pm (3 weeks ago)

    Looks like a great place for kids to learn essential things the fun way! I have never been to the Museum of London before but I’ll definitely look into it when planning my next trip to London. #CityTripping
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    • Wander Mum
      November 10, 2017 at 3:23 pm (2 weeks ago)

      You must Lisa, it is a brilliant museum!

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  6. Katherine
    November 7, 2017 at 2:48 pm (3 weeks ago)

    My background isn’t in IT (in the slightest) but I work in IT and I’m always hearing the guys talk about the things they’ve made out of Raspberry Pi’s. I kind of wish I was in London so I could learn more about them there! #CityTripping

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    • Wander Mum
      November 10, 2017 at 3:23 pm (2 weeks ago)

      You need to ask your colleagues to give you a masterclass!

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    • Wander Mum
      November 10, 2017 at 3:22 pm (2 weeks ago)

      Me too, perfect to get into the Christmas spirit!

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  7. Hilary
    November 7, 2017 at 4:33 pm (3 weeks ago)

    My family would love an exhibit like this! We also have a Raspberry Pi sitting around waiting to be discovered! We also enjoyed the first Paddington movie, so will definitely be seeing number 2! Maybe that exhibit will still be available when we come to London in December… #citytripping
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    • Wander Mum
      November 10, 2017 at 3:22 pm (2 weeks ago)

      Yes Hillary, the Paddington exhibit should still be on then! What are your plans while over here?

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  8. Sam | Away She Went
    November 7, 2017 at 5:21 pm (3 weeks ago)

    This is such a great way to get kids interested in coding and the details of technology at a young age. Personally, I would love to do the Victorian walk! #citytripping
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    • Wander Mum
      November 10, 2017 at 3:21 pm (2 weeks ago)

      I’d love the Victorian Walk too!

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    • Wander Mum
      November 10, 2017 at 3:21 pm (2 weeks ago)

      It certainly does!

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  9. Ruth
    November 8, 2017 at 5:45 am (2 weeks ago)

    You are right, this museum is not as popular as others. However, city museums can be really interesting. Sometimes we underestimate what it took to build a big city from the ground up. We have some small and local museums in Los Angeles and I have learned a lot in there. #citytripping
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    • Wander Mum
      November 10, 2017 at 3:20 pm (2 weeks ago)

      You’re right Ruth! They are fascinating places to get some insight and detail on how they developed.

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  10. Elizabeth
    November 8, 2017 at 10:07 am (2 weeks ago)

    This all sounds amazing! I know my boys would love to learn all about technology. Plus Paddington is their absolute favorite book. #CityTripping

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    • Wander Mum
      November 10, 2017 at 3:20 pm (2 weeks ago)

      Paddington is still so popular!

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    • Wander Mum
      November 10, 2017 at 3:19 pm (2 weeks ago)

      They really are! I think I’d get a lot out of the festival!

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  11. Wilbur
    November 9, 2017 at 7:53 am (2 weeks ago)

    Another great London museum, how lucky are we? Have you heard about London Mithraeum? Free and looks great. There are plenty of tickets available at the moment. Wilbur #citytripping
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    • Wander Mum
      November 10, 2017 at 3:19 pm (2 weeks ago)

      I have heard of London Mithraeum….must visit!

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  12. Sarah Ebner
    November 9, 2017 at 10:25 am (2 weeks ago)

    We love the Museum of London and this tech festival sounds right up our street… Perfect timing, esp now it’s got cold outside!
    #citytripping

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    • Wander Mum
      November 10, 2017 at 3:18 pm (2 weeks ago)

      Hope you get time to go!

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  13. Megan - Truly Madly Kids
    November 10, 2017 at 11:43 am (2 weeks ago)

    I love the museum of London and this sounds like a fab exhibition, as does Paddington 2! #citytripping

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    • Wander Mum
      November 10, 2017 at 3:18 pm (2 weeks ago)

      It’s a great museum, isn’t it. Must watch the first Paddington!

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  14. Birgit | Groove Is In The Heart
    November 12, 2017 at 6:12 pm (2 weeks ago)

    Sounds like a really interesting festival that I would also enjoy! And then there is Paddington❤😊 I must admit that I’ve never been to the Museum of London … never knew it had so much to offer. Next time I’m in London, I should visit!
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    • Wander Mum
      November 14, 2017 at 1:37 pm (2 weeks ago)

      It’s a great museum – definitely worth a visit if you want to learn more about the history of the city.

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