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 – all in one of our inspirational learning sessions.

Download our latest Schools leaflet to find out more about visiting the museum and our range of exciting teaching sessions.

All schools are met on arrival by one of our Activity Assistants, who will brief you and your pupils on your day, help you to store your bags and coats and confirm your lunch slot.

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

To book any of our school experiences, please call our Learning Administrator on 020 8983 5205 or email

MOC Schools Leaflet 2017

Facilitated sessions
All our school sessions support the National Curriculum, as well as helping your children get hands-on with artefacts from our unique collection of childhood objects. You can download guides for each session on this page to help you map the session to the National Curriculum and extend your learning back at school.
Each session can accommodate up to 30 pupils with accompanying adults (minimum ratio 1:6), and most last one hour. Sessions take place in the Clore Learning Centre on the Lower Ground Floor, which is accessible via lift and stairs. When you book a session, you’ll be allocated a lunch slot in our spacious Summerly Room.

Spotlight talks
“The staff were so full of energy and engaging, fantastic!” – KS1 teacher, 2018
Looking for a shorter session? Why not book one of our Spotlight talks! At 30 minutes long, these offer an on-gallery experience led by our amazing Activity Assistants.
Available at 10.30, 11.15 and 12, we offer talks on Teddy Bears, Moving Toys, Puppets for KS1 and Shadow Puppets for KS2.
Look out for our NEW Spotlight Talk on Pirates, coming in September 2018.

Self-guided visits
Don’t want a talk or a session? Design your own learning experience by booking a self-guided visit to our galleries. Don’t forget to request a lunch slot!

Teaching Sessions
Early Years, Nursery and Reception

Available Monday – Friday
30 mins
Maximum of 30 students per session

In this lively, hands-on session, young pupils explore five different activities with traditional roots, which are designed to encourage fine motor skills, imagination, observation, cooperation and turn-taking.

Download the Early Years Teaching Session

Primary school groupsMoC Robot workshop

Available Monday – Friday
1 hour
Maximum of 30 students per session

Investigate objects first-hand, try on costumes or bring to life a range of cross-curricular themes.

Reception, Years 1-2

Young Curators
Download Young Curators Teaching Session

Years 1-2

Toys on a Timeline
Download Toys on a Timeline Teaching Session

Finding Out About the Past – Toys
Download Past Toys Teaching Session
Finding Out About the Past – Holidays
Download Past Holidays Teaching Session
Pop Ups and Puppets
Download Pop Ups and Puppets Teaching Session
Moving Toys – Working Scientifically
Download Moving Toys Teaching Session

Years 2-3
Finding Out About the Past – Clothes
Download Past Clothes Teaching Session

Years 3-6
Puppets and Drama
Download Puppets and Drama Teaching Session
Mechanical and Moving Toys
Download Lower KS2 Moving Toys Teaching Session
Download Upper KS2 Moving Toys Teaching Session

Race to the Finish- What Can Board Games teach us?

Download Board Games Teaching Session
Robots and Drawbots
Download Upper KS2 Robots and Drawbots Teaching Session

War Children – Pre 2014 Curriculum
Available upon request

Years 5-7
Entertained By Light
Download Entertained by Light Teaching Session
Investigating Victorian Children – Pre 2014 Curriculum
Available upon request

Spotlight Talks
£20, 30 minutes
10.30, 11.15 and 12.00

Reception and Years 1 and 2
Teddy Bears
Find out how the teddy bear got its name, explore the differences between old and new bears and introduce the concept of chronology through famous teddy bears. Includes a bear mask colouring activity.

Moving Toys
How do toys move? Using vocabulary linked to ‘forces’, this talk includes the opportunity to access some traditional moving toys and to put those pushes and pulls into practice!

Meet marionettes, glove and finger puppets and make your own simple puppet to take away!

Years 3-6

Shadow Puppets
Meet a traditional shadow puppet and watch as shadow puppets and light are used to perform a dramatised narration of a cautionary tale. Session concludes with a gallery resource for small group work. Finally, explore the galleries in small groups using our Shadow Puppets resource.

To book, please contact our Learning Administrator on
020 8983 5205 or email

Students with SEND
At the V&A Museum of Childhood we want to create an exciting, engaging experience for all our visitors, including students with special educational needs and disabilities.

We know that planning visits collaboratively with teaching staff is vital to ensure that learners with SEND have a positive and memorable experience that supports your school curriculum. We can work with you to adapt any workshops that we already offer or alternatively create a bespoke session tailored to learners’ needs.

Bespoke activities can include handling toys, dressing up and turn-taking games, or take inspiration from our existing workshop offer, adapted to suit your pupils. All sessions will encourage children to build practical, visual, cognitive, and social and communication skills.

To help prepare your students for their visit, a vocabulary list can be provided along with images of the types of toys that learners will handle during facilitated sessions. We send a social story in PowerPoint format to show different parts of the museum and some of the adults that the learners might meet, and you can also use our virtual tour to introduce our galleries.

Sessions are available on Fridays between 10.30am and 2pm, when the learning space can be booked for the group to use for the morning or afternoon. You may use our lunch space, or the learning room can be used as a lunch and quiet space for students with auditory sensitivity.

As well as gallery trails and resources, the Museum also offers sensory Explorer Bags to aid learners with sensory needs such as ADHD and ASD.

If you’d like to discuss a visit, please email our SEND Schools Officer. We look forward to meeting you and your students!

V&A Museum of Childhood
Bethnal Green

The Museum is open daily from 10.00 to 17.45 in Bethnal Green, London.

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Exhibition - Century of the Child: Nordic Design for Children 1900 to Today

30 March – 2 September 2018. The 20th century’s most iconic and influential Nordic designs for children, from BRIO to LEGO, Marimekko and the Moomins have been brought together for the first time in this stunning new exhibition.

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Watch Talk Think Film Series

We are the Best (2013) by Lukas Moodysson

Thursdays 24 May. Inspired by the Century of the Child exhibition, this series of Nordic films explores the experience of childhood.

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V&A Museum of Childhood collections

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