Museum of Childhood Open daily 10.00 to 17.45 Admission free Menu


schools 2From getting hands-on with objects from our Learning Collection, to trying on costumes and learning about the past, the V&A Museum of Childhood is the place to bring pupils to experience inspirational learning.


Download the Schools brochure for an introduction to visiting the museum, teaching sessions and gallery –based talks.

MOC Schools Leaflet 2017

The V&A Museum of Childhood is the place to bring primary school groups to experience inspirational learning.  We run a wide variety of teaching sessions for primary schools, all of which incorporate elements of the National Curriculum and take inspiration from our collection of national significance. Each session accommodates up to 30 pupils, most of which last one hour. On arrival, school groups are met by one of our Activity Assistants, allocated storage, shown the Museum’s facilities and given confirmation of a lunch slot (if requested). All sessions take place in the Clore Learning Centre on the Lower Ground Floor.

To book Contact our Learning Administrator on 020 8983 5205 or email

We also run gallery based talks run by Front of House staff. To find out more:  Spotlight Talks

Teaching Sessions
Early Years, Nursery and Reception

Available Monday – Friday
30 mins
Maximum of 30 students per session

In this lively, hands-on session, young pupils explore five different activities with traditional roots, which are designed to encourage fine motor skills, imagination, observation, cooperation and turn-taking.

Download the Early Years Teaching Session

Primary school groups

Available Monday – Friday
1 hour
Maximum of 30 students per session

Investigate objects first-hand, try on costumes or bring to life a range of cross-curricular themes.

Download our session summary guides to find out about each themed session, how the sessions map to the National Curriculum Key Stages (KS1/2) and for museum-based and in-class follow-up ideas:

Reception, Years 1-2

Young Curators
Download Young Curators Teaching Session

Years 1-2

Toys on a Timeline
Download Toys on a Timeline Teaching Session

Finding Out About the Past – Toys
Download Past Toys Teaching Session
Finding Out About the Past – Holidays
Download Past Holidays Teaching Session
Pop Ups and Puppets
Download Pop Ups and Puppets Teaching Session
Moving Toys – Working Scientifically
Download Moving Toys Teaching Session

Years 2-3
Finding Out About the Past – Clothes
Download Past Clothes Teaching Session

Years 3-6
Puppets and Drama
Download Puppets and Drama Teaching Session
Mechanical and Moving Toys
Download Lower KS2 Moving Toys Teaching Session
Download Upper KS2 Moving Toys Teaching Session

Race to the Finish- What Can Board Games teach us?

Download Board Games Teaching Session
Robots and Drawbots
Download Upper KS2 Robots and Drawbots Teaching Session

War Children – Pre 2014 Curriculum
Available upon request

Years 5-7
Entertained By Light
Download Entertained by Light Teaching Session
Investigating Victorian Children – Pre 2014 Curriculum
Available upon request

Spotlight Talks
£20, 30 minutes
10.30, 11.15 and 12.00
Up to 30 pupils per talk.

These gallery based talks are delivered by Front of House staff.

Reception and Years 1 and 2
Teddy Bears
This talk looks at the differences between old and new teddies and approaches the idea of chronology through famous teddy bears. Year 2 children will hear how the teddy bear got its name. Includes a bear mask colouring activity.

Moving Toys
Looking at the forces used to make a variety of toys move, this talk concentrates on ‘pushes’ and ‘pulls’, though other forces may be mentioned. It includes the opportunity to access some traditional moving toys.

A hands-on session introducing children to marionettes, glove and finger puppets, with the opportunity to make a simple puppet to take away.

Years 3-6

Shadow Puppets
Children are introduced to a traditional shadow puppet. Then they watch as shadow puppets and light are used to perform and a dramatised narration of a cautionary tale. Session concludes with a gallery resource for small group work.

To book, please contact our Learning Administrator on
020 8983 5205 or email

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 best loved story makers and this unique exhibition showcases, the notebooks and manuscripts that became the classics we know today.

View the exhibition

Growing Up in London 1930 - 1960

Growing up in London

Wednesday 31 Jan, 28 Feb, 14 Mar. A series of illustrated talks by Peter Cox based on his book Growing Up in London 1930–1960.

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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