V&A Museum of Childhood

  • Museums
  • Childhood
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Marble Floor Gallery and café © V&A Images
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© Annabel Stockman
Harlem Globe Trotters Game, Milton Bradley Corporation, USA, 1971 © V&A
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Girls Primary School Confiscation Cabinet Inner & Outer & Fringe London 2012 Confiscation Cabinets at The V&A Museum of Childhood.
Sindy in the Sixties © V&A Museum of Childhood
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Perambulator, 1959 by Keith Parry © V&A Images
The Nuremberg House, 1673 © V&A Images
Teddy bear 1905-10 © V&A Images
'A Girl Writing', c1860 By Henriette Browne © V&A Images
Bethnal Green Free

Home to one of the world’s finest collections of children’s toys, doll’s houses, games and costumes, the Museum of Childhood shines brighter than ever after extensive refurbishment, which has given it an impressive entrance. Part of the Victoria & Albert Museum, the museum has been amassing childhood-related objects since 1872 and continues to do so with ‘Incredibles’ figures complimenting bonkers 1970s puppets, Barbie Dolls and Victorian praxinoscopes. The museum has lots of hand-on stuff for kids dotted about the many cases of historic artefacts. Regular exhibitions are held upstairs, while the café helps to revive flagging grown-ups.

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Venue name: V&A Museum of Childhood
Address: Cambridge Heath Rd
E2 9PA
Opening hours: Daily 10am-5.45pm (last admission 5.30pm)
Transport: Tube: Bethnal Green
Price: Free

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  • Until Sunday November 1 2015 Free
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  • Saturday October 24 2015 - Sunday June 12 2016 Free
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  • Late openings Thursday November 5 2015 - Thursday December 3 2015
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  • Performance Saturday November 7 2015 - Saturday November 28 2015
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  • Performance Saturday November 7 2015 - Saturday November 28 2015 Free
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  • Exhibitions Saturday November 14 2015 - Sunday July 3 2016 Free
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  • Markets and fairs Sunday November 29 2015 Free
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Average User Rating

4.2 / 5

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Rosie T
Staff Writer

An all-time favourite. I remember visiting here as a child and when my bus goes by in the morning on my way into work I always smile. It's been about a year and a bit since I last visited, waiting for my nieces to be a little older and I will bring them :)

Shireen P

I love the museum of children hood it's a good place to visit, it's nice they do crochet lessons there for free it's great to go there

Sarah R

Huge space filled with stuff that takes you back to your childhood. Great for a rainy day with the kids

Helen C

Loved for its openness to children's play. Truly interactive, creative space where you can learn and relax. Great stories and art classes every day in term time.

tuhin i


Events - St George's Day

© Cecil Sharp House Choir

Saturday 25 April

Join in with a day of music, dance, arts and crafts to celebrate St George's Day!

Discover the delights of English folk music and dance traditions with Trad Academy, who will be here to perform and invite you to join in! Take part in a ceilidh dance and tap your feet to the hoofing of the flat footers!

We'll be attempting to raise the roof of the Museum in a ‘best of British’ musical feast with performances by the Instrumental folk group, Cecil Sharp House Choir, Trad Academy’s Sea Shanty Choir and Becontree Brass Band.

Art and craft activities will reinterpret St George's flag, celebrating Britishness in all its rich diversity.

Come and dress up and pose for a portrait shot in the Explorers Photo Studio, celebrating the rich culture of our post-colonial England. The Photo Studio will also be open 14.00-16.30 on Thursday 23 and Friday 24 April.

Here's our packed schedule for the day!
12.15-12.35 Sea Shanty Choir
12.45-13.30 Becontree Brass Band
13.35-14.05 Cecil Sharp House Choir
14.10-14.55 Becontree Brass Band
15.00-15.20 Flat foot demonstration
15.25-15.55 Ceilidh
15.55-16.15 Instrumental tunes
16.15-16.35 Sea Shanty Choir
16.35-16.45 Sea Shanty Choir and dance

Free / All ages / Drop in

dave a

Great museum - packed with stuff - nicely laid out and too much to see in just one visit - looking forward to going again soon.

mother of one

Great day out with children. There are lots of play areas which are educational and fun for children. Cafe serves delicious food for children and adults which is not expensive. Good gift shop as you'd expect from V&A. We will return when my daughter is older. I think children will get most out if visit ages 3-7. Would have given five stars if there was a cloakroom.

Lisa Adda

Great Place to visit and the best to spend good quality time with children, my children loved it!

mother of two

Brilliant fun for 0-10 year olds (at least), with a surprising number of interesting little corners and interactive zones packed away in what looks like a single, big space. My only criticism is that the cafe is not as great for kids as you might (reasonably) expect.