V&A Museum of 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
© courtesy V&A Museum of Childhood
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 Road
E2 9PA
Opening hours: Daily 10am-5.45pm (last admission 5.30pm)
Transport: Tube: Bethnal Green
Price: Free

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  • Until Fri April 10th 2015
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  • Wed April 1st 2015 - Sun June 28th 2015 Free
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  • Wed April 1st 2015 - Sun July 5th 2015 Free
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  • Wed April 1st 2015 - Sun September 6th 2015 Free
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  • Sat April 25th 2015 - Sat April 25th 2015 Free
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  • Sat May 2nd 2015 - Sun November 1st 2015 Free
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Average User Rating

3.8 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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7 people listening

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.