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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.

Opens 24 July 2021

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Choose a pet friend 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 dates

Opens Saturday 24 July 2021

Days of opening during school holidays

Open Tuesday to Sunday 

Summer holidays: Saturday 24 July to Sunday 5 September

October half term: Tuesday 26 to Sunday 31 October

Days of opening during term time

Open Saturday and Sunday only during term time

  • Saturday 11 September to Sunday 24 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.

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


Wednesday loves sitting on your lap!

Roughie (1)

Roughie loves having his tummy tickled!


Bob loves to imitate voices!


Leon loves snoozing!

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