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|
Cambridge Heath Rd
|Opening hours:||Daily 10am-5.45pm|
|Transport:||Tube: Bethnal Green|
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A Pirate’s Life for Me
Get ready to have your timbers shivered with this new pirate-themed exhibition in Bethnal Green. Exploring all things Long John Silver-related - and offering more fun than a jaunt across all seven seas - this is your chance to walk the plank, bellow A-HAAAARRR!...Until Monday April 22 2019
Photographer Dorothy Bohm captured the joy and innocence of childhood without ever making images that looked kitsch or saccharine. The V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green now shows a selection of Bohm's photos taken in locations across the globe....Until Sunday March 17 2019
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Chinese New Year at the V&A Museum of Childhood
Dance performances and music will fill the Museum of Childhood in celebration of Chinese New Year and the year of the pig. Take part in a calligraphy workshop, browse craft stalls and feast your eyes on lovely work in a Chinese children’s art exhibit...Saturday February 9 2019 Free
Average User Rating
4.4 / 5
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I took my 2.6 toddler grandson, and both of us were rather underwhelmed, to be honest. No context, for starters. It is a museum OF childhood, not really for children. [There were crowds of small,puzzled and bored children looking at the glass cases full of boxed Fisher Price toys]. The arrays of doll's houses are very pretty, the shop is pleasant, the staff are friendly[though the food is terribly over-priced and uninspired.] Mini sandwiches, fruit and squash for a hefty price. My little grandson loved the lay out and ran round and round the big open central area. BUT it is quite a way to come for not very much interractivity...A magnet display, a dressing up box. It seems like such a wasted opportunity, where is the magic? Why don't they interact with the BBC and do 'Listen with Mother', Doctor Who and the Daleks, the Muppets, the beautiful Moomintrols, Pinky and Perky, the Wooden tops, all the favourite children's stories from Jackanory, like Little Nose, the cartoons like Captain Pugwash, the animations of Tony Hart, the puppetry of Sting Ray, Thunderbirds, Marina.[This is my 60s/70s childhood, every child from the 1920s to now would be entranced with audio visual history that you just haven't included. Let alone the Holleywood stuff, The teenage ninja turtles beloved of my sons, Back to the Future...there is so much that you have overlooked!
This museum has no imagination- it needs colour, art, and even smells. it could be so much better!
A wonderful collection of toys and other children's entertainment - mainly recent items, but some older items as well. I especially liked the giant "Robbie The Robot" and the ancient brass shadow puppets. I think that's just my disposition though - I like to see things working, or a secret look at how things work.
If I have one complaint it's that there's not enough explanation about the items on display.
But - even that is a good point if you're visiting in a family - every time a younger person asks about something, an older person can deeply nostalge at them. Which... may or may not be of interest, depending on the kid, hahahaha.
But if it can get the young and the old to commune and bond over parallel if not shared childhood experiences, that's worth a lot, right?
This museum offers fantastic activities for children and the collect of toys from our past is great.
Great space, great people, great collection! I pretend to go for my little ones, but I enjoy it at least as much as they do.
I love this building, it reminds of being in a train station, not just the high roof but the bustle. It's a museum that's alive, mostly down to children not being afraid to interact and respond to pieces, which you don't often in see in galleries and exhibitions. It's also fun to pick out the stuff from your past, what you had, what you wanted! The changing photography exhibitions at the entrance of the museum I often find very thought provoking and moving.
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.
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