Museum of Childhood Open daily 10.00 to 17.45 Admission free Menu

What’s On

The V&A Museum of Childhood has lots of free fun things to do for all ages, from exhibitions and displays to activities for children, groups and schools.

Current Exhibitions and Displays

Searching for Ghosts

11 February 2017 - 21 January 2018. An intergenerational journey of discovery, photographically bringing the past to life, offering a glimpse into the lived experience of several generations of east Londoners.

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Place (Village), Rachel Whiteread

Rachel Whiteread’s celebrated artwork Place (Village) (2006-2008) is now on permanent display.

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Seen But Not Heard

10 June – 19 November. A collection of intimate photographic portraits dealing with transition from primary to secondary education.

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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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Events and Activities

Daily activities

Details of free drop-in activities taking place during term time, including arts and crafts, tours, trails and storytelling.

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Montessori family packs

Montessori family packs are available for under 5s.

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Film Season
Watch, Talk, Think Film Season

28 September, 26 October & 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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Montessori Parenting Course

Saturdays 30 September - 11 November. A six-week course for parents and all carers of children aged 0-5, who are interested in Montessori practises.

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Hansel & Gretel
Pop-up Opera’s ‘Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel’

Tuesday, 10 October. Pop-up Opera presents Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel.

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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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The World of War Horse: A Child’s Experience of WWI

Wednesday 18 October. Join Archivist Gary Haines for an illustrated talk inspired by the Museum’s records and the writing of Michael Morpurgo.

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Memories of Teddy Bears
October Half Term: Memories of Teddy Bears

Saturday 21 – Friday 27 October. Discover bears with amazing stories in the collection, create your own soft toys, share your memories of favourite cuddly toys, and learn about the history of teddy bears.

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Museum Sleepover
Magical Museum Sleepover

Unfortunately this event had to be cancelled. There will be another one in March 2018

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Soviet Childhood
Soviet Childhood

Thursday 16 November. An evening of talks marking the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. Leading academic experts on Soviet history and culture will explore its impact on childhood.

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The Inspiration Machine: A Creative Writing Workshop

Saturday 18th November. A creative writing workshop with children's authors Anna Kemp and Sylvia Bishop.

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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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- Watch, Talk, Think Film Season

Film Season

28 September, 26 October & 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