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Pet Life

This summer, join us on a pawsome pet adventure.

Let our furry and feathery friends take you on a walk and discover the joy, companionship and challenges our pets bring to the home.

Until 31 October 2021

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Grid of colourful squares with illustrations of pets

Choose a cuddly toy pet to join you at the start of your visit. Your animal companion will unlock different stories of real-life pets and their owners as you wander through the rooms of our home.

Be sure to take care of your pet throughout your visit – our pets need love and attention just as much as we do.

With animations, projections, hands on activities and stories written by author and storyteller Bernadette Russell, Pet Life is fun for all the family. 

Exhibition days of opening

Open Saturdays and Sundays only during term time.

Open Tuesday to Sunday during October half term (Tuesday 26 to Sunday 31 October)

Opening hours

10.30am to 4pm

30 minute experience, with timed slots every 30 minutes


  • Adult – £7
  • Child (under 16) – £5.25
  • Group ticket for four – £20 (at least one adult and one child)

How to book

The experience lasts for 30 minutes, there are timed slots available every 30 minutes.

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Your ticket includes general admission to the Museum.


Activities to do at home

How to make a Doggy Sock Puppet

Make your own pet pal to love and play with at home  

Pets at home colouring sheet

Download a colouring sheet with all your favourite pets

Visual story

We have prepared a guide for what to expect when you visit the Pet Life exhibition. It includes photographs and information so that you can prepare for your visit to the Museum.

Download the Pet Life visual story (pdf)

Your museum visit

After visiting Pet Life enjoy the rest of the Museum's galleries, gardens and shop. Bring a picnic and soak up the sun in the Kingsland Road Gardens or visit Molly's Café.

Keeping safe

To ensure Pet Life is a great experience for everybody, only a small number of people are allowed in the experience at one time. Please arrive promptly for the start of your timed ticket. If you arrive late you may need to wait for others to vacate the space before you can enter.

Our partners

Pet Life is made in collaboration with Professor Jane Hamlett and Dr Stephanie Howard-Smith from Royal Holloway, University of London as part of the AHRC-funded Pet Histories and Wellbeing project. Our partners at Blue Cross have kindly offered their advice and expertise throughout the making of Pet Life.

Exhibition design by Wide Sky Design.

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Meet the pets

Illustration of a grey cat

Wednesday loves sitting on your lap!

Illustration of a brown terrier dog

Roughie loves having his tummy tickled!

Illustration of a starling

Bob loves to imitate voices!

Illustration of a house bunny

Leon loves snoozing!