The Box is a treasure trove to explore, with activities and learning opportunities for curious children of all ages.

We place families at the heart of our offer, providing a fun and informative experience for everyone. Explore amazing artwork and fascinating objects with children:

  • Learn about Plymouth and the creatures that once lived here
  • Adventure around our galleries with one of our trails
  • Create something inspired by what you’ve discovered

Family Trails

Our Trails are designed to encourage families to explore together, helping you to find out more about what’s in The Box, reimagine the past and ask big questions about the world around us.

The Trails can be collected from our Welcome Desk. Once you had fun using them to explore the galleries, head back there and collect your free sticker! You can also view or download a slightly different version for use on your own device.

Do you like patterns? So do we! Give yourself a Pattern on the back!

The Box wouldn’t exist without many achievements by women. It’s time to Redress the balance.

Different materials have different properties which make them suitable for different uses. There are just So many materials!

Some things are easy to spot in The Box (ahem, our massive Mammoth), but some things are more Hidden and strange…

Have you ever played bingo? No? Well now’s your chance. This version is a little bit different though, it’s Box bingo!

I Wonder

Our fun 'I Wonder' sessions have been specially created for children aged six months to four years and their parents/guardians/carers. They run in six-week blocks each term. The sessions familiarise young children with The Box, introduce them to our artworks and objects, and encourage them to make their own creations to take home.

Child with Telescope

Family Facilities

Pushchairs and Wheelchairs

The Box is fully accessible for pushchairs and wheelchairs. There is a small area for a few buggies near to the entrance.

Baby Changing Room

There are baby changing facilities in all of the accessible toilets. If there is anything you need, please ask at the Welcome Desk and we can help.

Eating and Drinking

We recommend a visit to our child friendly Box Kitchen & Bar where there are highchairs with trays, a children’s menu and tap water is available for everyone. Please help us to look after our artwork and objects by not eating or drinking in the galleries.

Infant Feeding

Breastfeeding and infant bottle-feeding can take place anywhere at The Box. The Box is accredited with Plymouth Latch On. Box Kitchen & Bar will provide hot water for warming bottles of milk on request.

Visit Our Shop

The shop stocks an exciting range of children’s products, games and books from fossils and soft toys to art materials. There are plenty of pocket money items for children costing £5 and under.

Tell Us What You Think

We hope you enjoy your visit to The Box. We like to know how we can improve so if you have any comments please contact us.

Find out more about planning your visit and additional access information.