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
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)
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Meet the pets
Wednesday loves sitting on your lap!
Roughie loves having his tummy tickled!
Bob loves to imitate voices!
Leon loves snoozing!