Visit the V&A as a family

We are excited to welcome you and your family back to the V&A. Museum entry is free but you'll now need to pre-book a timed ticket online. See our visit page for the latest visiting information.

Families trail
Are you ready to go on an adventure? Specially designed for families, this trail takes you on a journey through V&A galleries, exploring some of the wonders of the museum – from an emperor's throne to dragons, from plaster casts to wigs!

Things to see and do everyday

Things to see and do everyday

Unfortunately the Sackler Centre is currently closed and we are not able to give out paper trails, backpacks or maps. Thanks for your understanding.

Start your family's journey at the Sackler Centre for arts education, where you can pick up trails, backpacks and maps.

Backpacks
Borrow one of our award-winning sensory backpacks full of brilliant hands-on activities including jigsaws, stories, puzzles and games.

Trails

We are currently unable to give out paper trails. You can try our online trail, specially designed to help guide you and your family around the galleries.

Collect a free paper trail and set off to explore the museum through images, drawing and games. Pick up a trail at the Sackler Centre for arts education.

Get hands-on

Some of our interactive objects are not in use at this time – these have been signposted in each individual location.

There are lots of hands-on exhibits for you to try throughout the museum. Pick up a map when you arrive and look for the Hands-on Discovery Areas icons.

Games and activities

Games and activities

Our online games and interactives bring our building and its objects and artworks to life.

Secret Seekers
Set off on a treasure hunt to unlock the secrets of the museum hidden in its walls.

Design a Wig
Get creative and design your own fantastic 18th-century wig.

Terrible Trades
Can you become a master of your trade? Start the game as an apprentice and test your skills.

Visit essentials

Visit essentials

Eat and rest

Unfortunately the Sackler Centre Lunchroom is currently closed. Please see out visit page for the latest information on our cafés.

Children's meal deals and highchairs are available in our cafés. Packed lunches can be eaten in the Sackler Centre Lunchroom or in the John Madejski Garden.

Breastfeeding and buggies
Breastfeeding is welcome throughout the museum. Quiet spaces are available for those who prefer privacy. Ask a member of staff to direct you to a buggy park. Baby changing facilities are in most toilets.

Access
Find out more about accessibility at the V&A.
Plan your visit.

Top objects to see with kids

Top objects to see with kids

Explore the free galleries to find your family's favourite objects. With over 60,000 objects and artworks on display, where will your adventure take you?

Don't know where to start? Try our families trail to find 12 unmissable family-friendly objects.

(Left to right) Tipu's Tiger, 1780s or 1790s, Mysore, India. Museum no. 2545 (IS). © Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Bashaw, 'the faithful friend of man', statue, Matthew Coates Wyatt, 1832 – 34, England. Museum no. 
A.4:1 to 6-1960. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Suit of armour, unknown maker, about 1800, Japan. Museum no. M.130:1 to 8-1914. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
(Left to right) Tipu's Tiger, 1780s or 1790s, Mysore, India. Museum no. 2545 (IS). © Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Bashaw, 'the faithful friend of man', statue, Matthew Coates Wyatt, 1832 – 34, England. Museum no. A.4:1 to 6-1960. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Suit of armour, unknown maker, about 1800, Japan. Museum no. M.130:1 to 8-1914. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
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