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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|Opening hours:||Daily 10am-5.45pm (last admission 5.30pm)|
|Transport:||Tube: Bethnal Green|
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Clangers, Bagpuss & Co
Hopefully you were first introduced to the wonderfully weird worlds of Smallfilms, the production company of Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin, at an early enough age that this small but beautifully put together exhibition will be like a magician revealing...Exhibitions Until Sunday October 9 2016 FreeRead more
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Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered
A showcase of board games that'll be sure to have you reminiscing about rainy days spent competing with your siblings. Over 100 objects will be on display featuring games from across the globe and some of the most iconic examples from the V&A's collection....Exhibitions Saturday October 8 2016 - Sunday April 23 2017 FreeRead more
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A wonderful museum. A reminder of the comparatively few toys that educated and amused me so long ago as well as those toys that existed before and after my own childhood. So much to see and do - hands-on models, mini cartoon cinema, dressing up and relaxing areas. I particularly enjoyed looking at the amazing puppet theatres from around the world - some dating back to early 1800s. Some of the puppets were wearing costumes to rival those of their human counterparts. A very disabled-friendly museum too - wheelchair access through doors and an internal lift to all floors. Watch out for their very special free events - a treat for all ages. Cafe on ground floor has very limited but pricey menu.
Nice place. I daughter had a good time colouring and playing around. A lot things to see. The only thing that I didn't like was the coffee shop Benugo it is very expensive!!! Next time I'll bring my on food. 😉
Lord only knows how many times I've been. A family favourite. Need to pay them another visit soon ^^
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
Huge space filled with stuff that takes you back to your childhood. Great for a rainy day with the kids
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.
MUSEUM OF CHILDHOODEvents - St George's Day
© Cecil Sharp House ChoirSaturday 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
15.55-16.15 Instrumental tunes
16.15-16.35 Sea Shanty Choir
16.35-16.45 Sea Shanty Choir and dance
Free / All ages / Drop in
Great museum - packed with stuff - nicely laid out and too much to see in just one visit - looking forward to going again soon.
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.
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.