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

Horniman Museum plans major new gallery exploring ‘what it means to be human’

One of London’s most-treasured museums, the Horniman, is developing the World Gallery to showcase the way ‘people from every continent live their lives’

Take the kids to … National Motor Museum, Beaulieu

From Del Boy’s three-wheeler and Harry Potter’s Flying Ford Anglia to crazy Top Gear contraptions, this museum in the New Forest has tankfuls of va-va-voom

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

New Moomin museum opens in Finland

Tove Jansson never took her family of fairytale characters too seriously, but they now have their own museum in Tampere, attracting Moomins fans from around the world