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

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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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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The Big Sing

Friday 19 May. Pupils from secondary schools across come together in a celebration of singing from Spitalfields Music.

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Musical Rumpus: Fogonogo

Saturday 20 May. Interactive opera for babies and toddlers from Spitalfields Music.

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From the ‘Nichol’ to the Boundary

Thursday 25 May. Explore the rich history of east London in this evening talk and discussion around the themes raised in Searching For Ghosts.

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May Half Term: Place, House and Building

Monday 29 May – Friday 2 June. Keep those hands and minds occupied this May Half Term with artist-led workshops on print-making and constructing houses.

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Come and Play with Montessori

Sunday 4 June. An opportunity to spend time playing with your children exploring Montessori activities, and creative ideas.

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Refugee Week Event

Saturday 24 June. To mark Refugee Week enjoy a welcoming afternoon of performance, film screenings and discussion.

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V&A Museum of Childhood’s Summer Festival

Sunday 23 July. The Museum's annual Summer Festival returns this year with a colourful mix of live music, crafts and entertainment right on your doorstep.

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Summer Camps at the V&A Museum of Childhood

Monday 31 July – Friday 4 August, Monday 7 – Friday 11 August. Each artist-led camp lasts a maximum of 5 days and is jam-packed full of performance, creativity and fun from start to finish.

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Summertime Storyweaving Family Days

Fridays 4, 11, 18, 25 August, 1 September. Enjoy a series of fun family days celebrating children’s literature and storytelling this summer including live animals, storytelling and bookmaking days.

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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 - 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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- From the ‘Nichol’ to the Boundary

Thursday 25 May. Explore the rich history of east London in this evening talk and discussion around the themes raised in Searching For Ghosts.

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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