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

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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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

From Saturday 25 March 2017 Rachel Whiteread’s celebrated artwork Place (Village) (2006-2008) will go 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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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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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, storytelling and photography workshops exploring memories.

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Checkmate! An Interactive Family Tour

Saturday 8 April. 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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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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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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Exhibition - 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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- 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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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