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

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Clangers, Bagpuss & Co

19 March - 9 October 2016. Come and meet Bagpuss, see the Soup Dragon and marvel at Noggin the Nog.

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The Tales we Tell: Indian Warli Painting

Until 1 January 2017. This exhibition presents a rare insight into Warli, a tribal art form from Western India. Drawing on a store of tribal memory, myths and everyday life.

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Tales: Photography by Sonya Hurtado

23 July 2016 – 8 January 2017. This series of twelve images by Hackney based photographer Sonya Hurtado explores the imaginary world of childhood.

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Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered

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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Events and Activities

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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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The Imaginary Friend Collection

Some of the world's best model makers turn children's imaginations into reality.

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Montessori Parenting Course

Saturdays 1 October - 5 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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Creative Quarters: Artists and London

4 October – 29 November 2016. This course is now cancelled. An 8-week course focussing on different ways in which artists have represented London and its people.

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Board Games Library

8 October 2016 – 23 April 2017. Enjoy a selection of free board games to play in the Museum to celebrate the exhibition Game Plan.

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Magical Museum Sleepover

Saturday 15 – Sunday 16 October. Enjoy a special night’s sleep in the company of fairies, puppets, dolls and trains.

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Gaming in the Galleries

Thursday 20 October. Enjoy an evening of board gaming brought to you by Draughts, London's first board game café.

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MISC.161-1983

Board game - The Alice Through The Looking Glass Chess Set; carved & painted wood; 
made by Robin Dale & Neil Dale; 
U.K.; 
1983.
Checkmate! An Interactive Family Tour

Saturday 22 October - Tuesday 27 December. The White Queen has gone missing! Dress up and become one of the game pieces on a mission to find her hiding somewhere in the Museum.

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October Half Term: Board Game Fun

Monday 24 – Sunday 30 October. Play a giant board game and become a piece yourself, take part in miniature arts and craft activities, or try a workshop to make board game jewellery.

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Playtest UK: Games Design Night

Thursday 17 November. Newcomers and experienced gamers are invited to play exciting new games and win cool prizes in an evening where you can try your hand at games design.

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Child Migrant Stories

Saturday 19 November. Explore stories of children who migrated to East London from 1930 to the present day through short films, talks with child migrants, readings and music. 

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Digital Photo Collage Workshop

Saturdays 26 November, 3 & 10 December. Create your very own fairy or folk-inspired artwork, influenced by the display 'Tales'.

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Christmas Designer Market

Sunday 27 November. Avoid the crowds and start your Christmas shopping early to the festive sound of the Becontree Brass Band!

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Soft Toy Workshop

Sunday 27 November. Use a range of hand sewing techniques and reclaimed materials to create an owl inspired by one the Museum's Collection of toys and games.

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Christmas Meet and Make

Thursday 8 December. With help from our expert designers, craft some Christmas decorations or create your own silver ring, just in time for Christmas!

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Christmas Board Game Quiz Night

Thursday 15 December. Go For Broke, and test your board game knowledge, with a festive twist that will make you Boggle with Frustration.

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Victorian London

10 January - 7 March 2017. In this 8-week course, explore the art, architecture, literature, entertainment, and highs and lows of life in Victorian London – the largest and wealthiest city in the world.

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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 - Clangers, Bagpuss & Co

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19 March - 9 October 2016. Come and meet Bagpuss, see the Soup Dragon and marvel at Noggin the Nog.

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- Gaming in the Galleries

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Thursday 20 October. Enjoy an evening of board gaming brought to you by Draughts, London's first board game café.

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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