Museum of Childhood Open daily 10.00 to 17.45 Admission free Menu

Please check these FAQs before contacting us

Donations
Public gifts are central to building our collection, and we are grateful for all offers of donations. However, our resources and space are limited, so we have a strict collecting policy. We can only consider childhood-related objects which we do not already have in the collection. Current areas of particular interest include children’s writing and drawing; computer games and digital technology; nursery and childcare equipment; and school uniforms. For more information, contact the collections team at moccollections@vam.ac.uk.

A committee meets every few months to discuss new offers and decide what to accept for the permanent collection. We do not purchase items from private individuals, and we do not accept long term loans.

Please do not bring or post objects to the Museum, as we cannot accept them. If you would like us to consider your donation, please complete our V&A Donation Proposal Form (Word).

Advice
We can provide information about objects in our collections. To find out more, please visit our Collections pages and Search the Collections site.

We can sometimes give advice about your objects, but we cannot give valuations. We recommend you contact a specialist auction house for up-to-date valuations and advice.

We do not repair objects, and cannot recommend repairers or restorers. Specialists can be found through the Conservation Register. For teddy bears and dolls, try Hugglets.

Research
The Museum’s library, archive and reserve collections are accessible to view by appointment in our Reading Room. Please check our online catalogues and Search the Collections site to identify what you would like to see, or ask us for advice. Please contact us for upcoming dates.

All visitors to the Reading Room  will need to agree to the Conditions of access (PDF) and complete the Researcher Registration Form (PDF).

Do you lend objects for handling / plays / films?
Museum objects are not lent for handling purposes.

Are there other Museums of Childhood?
There are two other major Museums of Childhood in Britain, one in Edinburgh and one at Sudbury Hall in Derbyshire. Several local authority museums also have childhood collections.

Why are all your objects in cases?
Objects are displayed in cases in order to protect them. There are several hands-on interactives that complement the displays. The Moving Toys Gallery has touch screens where you can see some of the toys moving.

Can I take photographs / sketch in the galleries?
Yes, snapshot photographs and sketching are permitted in the Galleries. Please ask first before taking photographs or sketching objects in the temporary exhibitions, as some of the objects do not belong to the Museum.

Can you explain a bit about the Museum’s archives?
The V&A Museum of Childhood holds a number of archive collections relating to different aspects of childhood. These include material from children’s clothing, toy manufacturers and from individuals involved in the toy industry, as well as collections relating to schools and education. The archives are currently in the process of being fully catalogued. For more information about the archive collections and how to access them, visit Archives.

V&A Museum of Childhood
Bethnal Green

The Museum is open daily from 10.00 to 17.45 in Bethnal Green, London.

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Exhibition - Michael Morpurgo: A Lifetime in Stories

22 July 2017 – 25 February 2018. Michael Morpurgo is one of Britain’s greatest living authors for children and will be celebrated in a new, free exhibition this summer.

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Event - Music of War Horse

Music of War Horse

Thursday 12 October. Enjoy an evening of live music and readings from the National Theatre’s award-winning stage adaptation of War Horse, with folk musician Ben Murray.

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V&A Museum of Childhood collections

Discover the national collection of Childhood related objects, from ideas to design, toys to schoolbooks. All Museum of Childhood Objects