Museum of Childhood Open daily 10.00 to 17.45 Admission free Menu

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Museum opening hours

Open daily 10.00-17.45 (last admission 17.30)

Closed 24, 25 and 26 December.

We welcome groups to the Museum and the Collection. If you are intending to visit in a group of more than 10, we’ll do our best to accommodate you during busy periods but it is helpful if you can let us know in advance of your coming on 020 8983 5200.

For a quieter visit to the Museum, we recommend coming after 14.00.

Admission to the V&A Museum of Childhood is free

Some events carry a separate charge.


V&A Museum of Childhood
Cambridge Heath Road
London E2 9PA
United Kingdom

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What we do

The V&A Museum of Childhood is the UK’s National Museum of Childhood. It is the largest institution of its kind in the world. Its mission is to hold in trust the nation’s childhood collections and to be an international leader in engaging audiences in the material culture and experiences of childhood.

The Museum explores childhood in breadth and depth, animating the richness and diversity of children’s lives and placing the child’s voice and agency at its core.

Getting here

By public transport

Underground, Bethnal Green, Central Line, Zone 2
The Museum is less than five minutes walk from Bethnal Green Underground station. Unfortunately Bethnal Green Underground has no lift, visit Transport for London for more information on public transport accessibility.

The Museum is a short bus ride or 20-25 minute walk from Shoreditch High Street (Bus 8 or 388) and Whitechapel (Bus 254 or 106) Overground stations.

The Museum is less than 10 minutes walk from both Cambridge Heath and Bethnal Green railway stations. The nearest main line station is Liverpool Street, which is less than a five minute Underground journey from Bethnal Green.

D6, 106, 254, 309 and 388 stop outside the Museum and 8, 26, 55 and 48 stop nearby.

By bike

The Museum is less than a five minute cycle ride from Regents Canal. Bike stands are available in the Museum grounds. A Barclays Cycle Hire docking station is situated across the road from the Museum. For more information, visit Transport for London.

By Road

Coaches: A drop-off point and parking for two coaches is available outside the Museum on Cambridge Heath Road.

Parking: Free on-site parking can be arranged for visitors with specific access needs. The car park is accessed via Victoria Park Square, to the rear of the Museum. To book a space and for more detailed directions, call 020 8983 5200. The nearest pay and display bays can be found on Cambridge Heath Road. The Museum is not in the congestion charging zone.

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 - Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered

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8 October 2016 – 23 April 2017. Board Games are played the world over, and have been a key element in family culture for centuries. This exhibition will showcase some of the world's best known and most loved board games.

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- February Half Term: Play the Museum Game

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Monday 13 - Friday 17 February. Experience the Museum like a giant board game to celebrate Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered and all things playful.

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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