Museum of Childhood Open daily 10.00 to 17.45 Admission free Menu

For more information or to book a group or tour, call 020 8983 5205 or email mocbookings@vam.ac.uk.

If you are planning a visit for a group of 10 people or more, please let us know in advance. To ensure maximum enjoyment, we can only provide guided tours during the Museum’s quieter times – weekdays between 14.30 and 17.30, and weekends from 10.15 to 12.15.

Click here for information for organised self-led groups during school holidays.

Talks for students

A selection of talks, led by a member of the formal learning team, are available for student (post 16) groups studying CACHE, history, post-graduate teacher training and NQTs.

  • Sessions take place in the Clore Learning Centre at 14.00 (for groups of up to 30 students) and at 14.30 for larger groups
  • 30, 45, 60 or 90 minutes
  • £40, £55, £78 or £100 for groups of up to 30, more for groups of up to 80
  • Talks must be booked in advance, all bookings will receive a letter of confirmation
  • For more information email mocbookings@vam.ac.uk.

Sessions


The Social Construction of Childhood
(A-level sociology and first year undergraduates)

An illustrated talk with images of childhood, followed by a small group hands-on session with objects from the learning collection and linked enquiry questions to inspire discussion.


The Importance of Play for Young Children
(CACHE and related childcare courses)

A short illustrated talk based on the Museum’s collections, followed by a carousel of activities exploring the role of the adult and the learning outcomes for child play.


How Children Learn in Museums
(Trainee teachers, NQTs and teaching assistants)

An introduction to the resources and experiences that museums can offer, combined with practical suggestions for preparation for learning outside the classroom.


Adult tours

A range of guided tours for adult groups are available, each taking a more in-depth look at a particular theme related to childhood.

  • Available Monday-Friday, 14.30-17.30 or Saturday and Sunday, 10.15-12.15
  • 60 or 90 minutes (unless otherwise stated)
  • £65 or £95 for a maximum of 15 people
  • All tours must be booked in advance, all bookings will receive a letter of confirmation
  • Bookings cancelled with less than 10 working days notice will be charged in full

Themes


Treasures of the Museum

The Museum of Childhood is a treasure trove of childhood related items! From our oldest object, an Egyptian doll to dolls’ houses for teaching children, clothing, toys and furniture, this tour introduces you to some of our most important items, including the building itself.


Toys from around the World

The Museum of Childhood has a diverse collection of toys from around the world, many with curious tales attached. Find out where the snakes slithered round ladders originally and the universality of play.


The Victorian Child

Queen Victoria’s 64 year reign saw enormous changes to the country that affected every aspect of life, from how babies were carried, how children learnt and worked and what they played with. Using the Museum’s collection, consider how childhood changed into its more modern form.


History of the Museum

Originally built as a temporary museum in South Kensington in 1856, the Museum of Childhood’s building has been welcoming visitors in Bethnal Green since 1872. A unique building with surprising architectural elements, this tour will open the building anew for you. (30 minutes, £40)


Childhood Past and Present

With our collection including clothing, art, furniture, nursery equipment, education items and toys, the V&A Museum of Childhood is the perfect place to explore how childhoods in Britain have changed over the last three hundred years.

V&A Museum of Childhood
Bethnal Green

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

Visit us

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.

View the exhibition

Watch, Talk, Think Film Season: Spirit of the Beehive

Film screening

23 November. Join us for a season of powerful films exploring the challenges of the childhood experience, inspired by Michael Morpurgo’s writing.

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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