The V&A Museum of Childhood houses the UK's national collection of childhood-related objects, one of the finest in the world.
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The clothing collection includes over 6000 garments and accessories worn by children from birth up to their teenage years.
The Museum’s collection includes bricks and construction sets produced by many of the leading toy manufacturers.
The Museum of Childhood holds the largest collection of dolls in the UK.
The Museum holds a collection of around 100 dolls’ houses, models and shops, we can learn a lot about how people used to live by looking into these miniature worlds.
Objects from the crucial first months and years of a child’s life, including bottles, swaddling clothes and walkers from the 1700s to today.
The Museum’s furniture collection spans the decorative, the practical and the fun, from 1640 to the 21st century.
The Museum has one of the finest collections of games in the world, including 3000 examples of indoor and outdoor games and puzzles.
A unique collection of toys to help growing children walk, read, spell and prepare for the adult world.
Automata, wind-up vehicles and battery powered robots that reflect contemporary events such as war and space travel.
In 2004 an exhibition called Must Have Toys revisited the favourite childhood toys of the 20th century decade by decade - find out about the toys and toy makers explored in that exhibition.
The Museum’s collection ranges from zoetropes and magic lanterns to Sega and Nintendo games consoles.
Explore how childhood has changed and what children have to say today in this special Collection with the Children’s Commissioner.
The Galleries feature an impressive collection of paintings dating back to the 1600s. They represent fashion, play, and changing attitudes to childhood.
The V&A Museum of Childhood has a collection of over 14,000 paper models, most of them collected by Robert Freidus and donated to the Museum.
The Museum’s puppet collection includes beautiful examples from around the world and toy versions of popular television characters.
The Museum’s collection of teddy bears and soft toys includes big names and famous characters like Paddington and the Care Bears.
The Museum has over 1000 action figures, including famous characters as well as soldiers and civilians from Britains, Airfix and others.
From the smallest MicroMachines to sit-in pedal cars, children love to play with vehicles!
The Museum is open daily from 10.00 to 17.45 in Bethnal Green, London.
20 October 2018 – 22 April 2019. The V&A Museum of Childhood’s first major exhibition to focus on fictional pirates and their influence in popular culture and imagination.
29 September; 6, 20 & 27 October; 3 & 10 November | A six week course for parents and all carers of children aged 0 – 5.