An excellent perambulation – suitable for all weathers and very straightforward with a pram.
The museum is set out chronologically, but knowing my time limit and conscious of Lily’s temperament on the day I deliberately skipped the eras I am personally less interested in. It is possible to take short cuts and miss out sections by using the walkways to the left or right of the exhibits. The museum forms part of the Barbican complex, 1960s architecture, and is ideally suited to perambulating with a baby – plenty of lifts and ramps and space. There is well constructed and sympathetically achieved level access throughout. The museum is free to enter and there are lockers – £1 charge – that can store belongings you don’t want to take into the museum with you.
Lily was really happy to see the shapes and lighting in the Pleasure Garden exhibit, to be found in the eighteenth century section. There are stars on the ceiling, benches to sit on, music and lots for her to look at. There are a number of really interesting places across the museum where you can have a sit, think about the realities of living in that era and see different and unusual sights. This is a really nice way to break up your perambulation, have a rest and feed your baby or give him or her an opportunity to have a crawl or cuddle while remaining submerged in your century of choice. The front of house staff were particularly chatty, helpful and encouraging – they seemed to really like having babies to visit.
If you want to take some time out or give your baby some space there is also the opportunity to do this. There are two cafes, lots of bench space outside of the exhibits and there are a lot of windows with interesting views to look at – so many museums have no windows and I know natural daylight can bleach and damage collections, but it wonderful that the MOL have overcome these difficulties.
Baby changing facilities are ok. They have pull down changing tables in disabled access loos on the ground floor and lower ground floor. We travelled to the museum by car because my husband happened to be driving past on his way to work. If this wasn’t the case we would probably have taken the tube to either Blackfriars or Liverpool Street tube stations. It is possible in the cold February wind that I may have taken a black cab from the station to the museum.
Changing facilities ***
Baby feeding facilities (including seating) ****
Enjoyable Perambulation ****