Museum of Childhood Open daily 10.00 to 17.45 Admission free Menu

Get hands-on with objects from our Learning Collection, try on costumes and learn about the past in one of our inspirational learning sessions.
Download our current schools leaflet to find out more about visiting the V&A Museum of Childhood and our exciting range of sessions.

Download the 2018-19 sessions list

To book any of our school experiences, please fill in the booking form and return to mocbookings@vam.ac.uk


Welcome to the Museum of Childhood
“You do everything possible to make schools visits enjoyable and stress free for teachers.” – KS2 teacher, 2018

All our school visitors are met on arrival by one of our Activity Assistants, who will brief you and your pupils on your day, confirm your lunch slot and help you stow away your bags and coats in their allocated space.

What can I do at the Museum?

There are three options: make a self-guided visit, book a spotlight talk or a facilitated session. Read on for more details!

All our school sessions support the National Curriculum as well as helping your pupils get hands-on with artefacts from our unique collection of childhood objects. You can download brief guides to each session as well as supporting resources using the relevant links below.

Each session can accommodate up to 30 pupils with accompanying adults (minimum ratio 1:6) and unless otherwise stated last one hour. Sessions take place in our Clore Learning Centre on the lower ground floor, close to the lunch room and other facilities. The learning rooms are fully accessible via lift and stairs.

When you make a session booking you will be allocated a lunch slot in our spacious Summerly Room.

What do I need to know before I book my visit?

Our school sessions are very popular, so we are no longer able to make provisional bookings. Before you return your booking form please ensure you have checked your dates against your school diary. Once we have confirmed your session the following charges apply for alterations and cancellations:
• If you have to cancel/alter your booking but give over 8 weeks’ notice: £20 per session
• If you have to cancel/alter your booking but give 4 – 8 weeks’ notice: £40 per session
• If you have to cancel/alter your booking but give less than 4 weeks’ notice: £78 per session
• If your school fails to arrive on the booked date of your activity: £100 per session.
• Cancellations/alterations to Spotlight Talks will be charged at half the above rates.

All cancellations must be confirmed in writing, so please email on mocbookings@vam.ac.uk as well as calling us on 020 8983 5205 at the earliest opportunity. This will allow us to offer the sessions to other schools.

For more information, download our visit guide

Making self-guided visits

If you’d like to design your own learning, book a self-guided visit to our galleries and exhibitions, where your students will encounter interactive activities, a wealth of toys and childhood objects. A lunch slot can be allocated subject to availability – please tick the box on the booking form. In good weather you can also picnic on our lawns or in Museum Gardens.

Self-guided visits can take place at any time of the day, so you could even combine a visit to the Museum of Childhood with another site, or explore Victoria Park just a few minutes’ walk away.

Highlights for self-guided visits this year include A Pirate’s Life for Me, our immersive adventure into the world of fictional pirates. Open from 20 October 2018 to 22 April 2019, this FREE exhibition is sure to enchant your pupils.

Download a map of the Museum

Spotlight Talks

“The staff were so full of energy and engaging, fantastic!” KS1 teacher, 2018

Looking for a short session for your pupils? Why not book one of our Spotlight Talks! At 30 minutes long, these sessions offer a lively on-gallery experience led by our amazing Activity Assistants. Available at 10.30, 11.15 and 12 for groups of up to 30 pupils per session.

At only £20 per session our Spotlights offer amazing value for money, too.

Select from:
Reception & KS1: Teddy Bears, Moving Toys, Puppets, Punch and Judy or go on a treasure hunt with our NEW Pirates spotlight (available from 29 October)

KS2: Punch and Judy, Shadow Puppets or our NEW Introduction to the Museum Object Handling session.

Facilitated sessions
“…It was great! Both interactive and informative.” – KS2 teacher

These are our longer sessions, offering more engagement with our Learning Collection and delivered by our expert facilitators. Available for groups of up to 30 pupils and linked to the National Curriculum, these sessions can bring your topic to life. Discover even more in the self-guided part of your day!

All sessions are available Monday – Friday, and we offer five teaching slots per day. We offer sessions from EYFS to KS2.

Download the full listing and brief outline of all our sessions

Below you can download session outlines and resources (where available) for our EYFS, KS1 and KS2 sessions.

Early Years resources
Elephant Safari
Moving Toy Mapcards
Fish Mapcards

Reception and KS1 session outlines and resources
‘My visit’ resource
Teddy Bear Hunt resource
KS1 Moving Toys resource
‘Young Curators’ teaching session (R, Y1, Y2)
‘Toys on a timeline’ teaching session (Y1 & 2)
‘Finding out about the past – toys’ teaching session (Y1 & 2)
‘Finding out about the past – holidays’ teaching session (Y1 & 2)
‘Pop-ups and puppets’ teaching session (Y1 & 2)
‘Moving Toys – working scientifically’ teaching session (Y1 & 2)

KS2 session outlines and resources
Light it up! resource
Puppets and Drama resource
‘Finding out about the past – clothes’ teaching session (Y2 & 3)
‘Puppets and drama’ teaching session (Y3 – 6)
‘Mechanical and Moving Toys’ teaching session (Y3 & 4)
‘Mechanical and Moving Toys’ teaching session (Y5 & 6)
‘Race to the Finish – board games’ teaching session (Y3 – 6)
‘Robots and Drawbots’ teaching session (Y3 – 6)
KS2 Moving Toys resource

V&A Museum of Childhood
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The Museum is open daily from 10.00 to 17.45 in Bethnal Green, London.

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