We are very grateful to those who give works of art and other important objects to add to our collection.
Plans are underway for a major redevelopment of the V&A Museum of Childhood to transform into a museum of design and creativity for children, families and young people. Three new galleries, a new exhibition space and a new learning centre, activated by the V&A’s world-class collections of art, design and performance will unlock the museum’s huge potential to fire the imagination and spark ingenuity.
The museum’s acquisitions policy is being reviewed as part of this. While our review and selection of objects for the new galleries is ongoing, we are unfortunately not able to accept any gifts from the public. We will update this page as soon as the review is complete.
For more information, contact the collections team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We can sometimes give advice about your objects, but we cannot give valuations. We recommend you contact a specialist auction house for up-to-date valuations and advice.
The Museum’s library, archive and reserve collections are accessible to view by appointment in our Reading Room. Please check our online catalogues and Search the Collections site to identify what you would like to see, or ask us for advice. Please contact us for upcoming dates.
Planned closures :
From December 2019, we will be pausing object viewing appointments due to the collection’s relocation to the new Collections and Research Centre in Stratford’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
All visitors to the Reading Room will need to agree to the Conditions of access (PDF).
Do you lend objects for handling / plays / films?
Museum objects are not lent for handling purposes.
Are there other Museums of Childhood?
As we are unfortunately unable to accept donations at present due to our transformation project, we would recommend that you contact Sudbury Hall, the National Trust’s Museum of Childhood, or a local museum if that object has a strong local connection, if you wish to donate items to a museum.
Why are all your objects in cases?
Objects are displayed in cases in order to protect them. There are several hands-on interactives that complement the displays. The Moving Toys Gallery has touch screens where you can see some of the toys moving.
Can I take photographs / sketch in the galleries?
Yes, snapshot photographs and sketching are permitted in the Galleries. Please ask first before taking photographs or sketching objects in the temporary exhibitions, as some of the objects do not belong to the Museum.
Can you explain a bit about the Museum’s archives?
The V&A Museum of Childhood holds 61 archival collections relating to different aspects of childhood. These include material from children’s clothing, toy manufacturers and from individuals involved in the toy industry, as well as collections relating to schools and education.
The archives are currently in the process of being prepared and packed as part of their move to the Collections and Research Centre in Stratford, which will reunite the V&A Museum of Childhood’s archives with the V&A’s collection. For more information about the archive collections and access visit Archives.