V&A Museum of Childhood

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  • 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 September 6 2015 Free
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  • Until Sunday November 1 2015 Free
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  • Workshops and classes Sunday September 13 2015 Free
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  • Workshops and classes Saturday September 19 2015 Free
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  • Festivals Sunday September 27 2015 Free
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  • Saturday October 24 2015 - Sunday June 12 2016 Free
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Average User Rating

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Polly R
Staff Writer

Remember your old Star Wars, He-Man or Sylvanian Families toys? They're all here, in fun displays that make for a fab afternoon of nostalgia-inducing browsing. That's adults covered, and if you have kids you're in for an even fuller day of activities. There's tons to see and do, meaning you'll be here all day or coming back regularly to take it all in. Favourites include coin-operated vintage automata and old-school trains chuffing around tracks, plus the famous indoor sandpit, the corner with shoes from different decades that kids love trying on, and the under-threes area enclosed in a picket fence with light-up flowers and pull-along Brio dogs. The Benugo-run cafe is pretty good too, look for the changing treat jars by the tills that contain the likes of mini cookies. Those who live nearby are lucky to have the MoC in their neighbourhood.

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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.