Museum of Childhood Open daily 10.00 to 17.45 Admission free Menu

RobotEach term, one Thursday is set aside for groups with special educational needs only. Additional day added for this summer term: 14 July 2017. All ages of children and young people are welcome to these popular and inclusive days, when the Museum is generally quieter and students have full access to the galleries and interactive displays.

Teaching sessions

Short teaching sessions (free, 20 minutes) are available to SEN groups visiting on quiet days. These are available between 10.30 and 13.30 and are allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Topics vary and include:

  • Clothes (dressing up, materials and textures)
  • Sensory (touch, sight and hearing)
  • Puppets (glove, finger and marionette)
  • Seaside (Punch and Judy, dressing up and play)
  • Moving Toys (spinning, clockwork and push/pull)
Resource boxes

Specially developed resource boxes are available for SEN groups to borrow when visiting on quiet days. The boxes are themed Moving Toys, Clothes and Sensory and have handling objects and simple activities to enhance your visit.

Contents include:

  • 1 wheeled trolley containing a selection of objects similar to those in the display cases
  • A4 photo book: “In the Museum you will find…” which provides a guide to the Museum and its facilities
  • Simple PECS activities and matching games
Information and bookings

Bookings taken from the beginning of each school term.
Spaces are limited. For more information or to book, email When booking please provide us with as much information as possible, such as P levels and physical needs, so that we can structure your session accordingly.

SEN resource bags, tailored to pupils with special educational needs, are available to school groups as part of a self-guided visit or teaching session. Example contents include moving and sensory toys, simple games and a large-print story book. Resource bags can be reserved when booking a Self-guided visit or Teaching session.

Ahead of your visit you can take a virtual tour of the Museum.

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