Take the kids to … the Ragged School Museum, east London

Once a school that provided a free education for destitute children, a row of 19th century warehouses is now a free museum giving visitors a chance to step back in time – and into the classroom – for a strict Victorian lesson

Take the kids to … the Fleet Air Arm Museum, Somerset

Chocks Away! This huge, family-friendly museum is packed with jets and helicopters that children can climb into – and an exhibition on women aviators

Mail Rail delivers an underground history lesson at London’s new Postal Museum

A subterranean railway once whizzed four million letters a day across London. The public were oblivious to it but will soon be able to ride it, as it forms the centrepiece of the new Postal Museum

The world’s worst wax museum – in pictures

Louis Tussauds House of Wax in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, achieved cult status with thousands of visitors – because none of the models looked like the people they were supposed to represent. Sadly, this national treasure closed in 2013, so these images are your only chance to see what you’ve missed.

Revamped National Army Museum to feature Napoleon’s horse

London attraction hopes to increase visitor numbers with new galleries featuring skeletons, surgical saws and shrapnel

England – @Bristol

Near the docks is the Bristol Science Museum called @Bristol with its tree made from solar panels and giant spherical planetarium. There are even deck chairs here so people can watch scientific documentaries screened outside on large video screens. There is also a large water feature, similar to a reflecting pool, with vertical shiny surfaces in places.