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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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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Unwrapping the Museum: Gifts of Christmas Past

1 December - 7 January. Seek out 12 Christmas objects around the museum through a playful paper origami trail created for all ages.

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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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Imaginary Friend Collection

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

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Searching for Ghosts

Saturday 4 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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ABC Photography

11 February - 4 June 2017 The alphabet is reinvented in this display of critically acclaimed photographers exploring new notions of the age-old teaching tool for children - the alphabet book.

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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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Board Games Library

Until 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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Digital Photo Collage Workshop

Saturdays 26 November, 10 and 17 December. Create your very own fairy or folk-inspired artwork, influenced by the display 'Tales'.

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Christmas at the V&A Museum of Childhood

27 November - 7 January. Take a moment to be playful this season and explore the Museum of Childhood, enjoy Christmas from the V&A family of Museums.

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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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Checkmate! An Interactive Family Tour

Saturday 10 - 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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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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Christmas Board Game Making Workshop

Tuesday 20, Wednesday 21 & Thursday 22 December. Work as a family to design and create your very own board game to take home and play again and again.

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Festive Family Films

Tuesday 27, Wednesday 28 & Thursday 29 December. Delight in these classic movies that will have you taking a trip down memory lane.

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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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Watch Talk Think Film Season

26 January - 9 March. Watch some of the most powerful films about childhood followed by panel discussions with leading academics, film critics and health professionals.

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London Children’s Book Swap

Saturday 11 February. Bring along your old books to trade for different books.

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Chinese New Year

Saturday 11 February. Join us to celebrate Chinese New Year with traditional and modern instrumental and dance performances.

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February Half Term: Play the Museum Game

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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East London Quiz Night

Thursday 23 February. Test your East London history, while learning some more, in our quiz, featuring Cockney rhyming slang, fun games and a treasure hunt.

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Spitalfield’s Nippers by Horace Warner

Thursday 16 March. Taken around 1900 these relaxed, intimate images focus on some of the poorest people in London. This unique collection of pictures revolutionises our view of Londoners at the end of the nineteenth century.

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Settlers of Catan Day with Mindsport Olympiad

Saturday 18 March. Get ready to build and nurture your own civilisation in Settlers of Catan, a multiplayer board game.

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Pandemic Live! Can you help save humanity?

Thursday 23 March. Can you help our team of award-winning comedians save the world? Join in a game of Pandemic unlike any you've ever played before.

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Magical Museum Sleepover

Saturday 25 – Sunday 26 March. Enjoy a special night’s sleep in the company of fairies, puppets, dolls and trains.

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Game On: Contemporary Board Games Study Day

Saturday 1 April. Hear from games designers and academics; see early treasures from the museum's collection and join in the board game jam.

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Easter Holidays: Memory, Home and Family

Monday 3 - Friday 14 April. Workshops, theatrical performances and photography workshops exploring memories.

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St George’s Day

Sunday 23 April. Arts and crafts activities with rousing song, dance and instrumental performances by brass bands and choirs.

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Irresistible East: East London and Change

Tuesdays 25 April – 20 June 2017. In this 8-week course, you'll uncover the history of London's quirky east.

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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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- Christmas Board Game Quiz Night

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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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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