Museum of Childhood Open daily 10.00 to 17.45 Admission free Menu

From getting hands on with objects from our Learning Collection, to trying on costumes and learning about the past, the V&A Museum of Childhood is the place to bring students to experience inspirational learning.

Our secondary schools and colleges sessions provide practical hands-on experiences and useful insights into children’s play and learning. Supported by objects from our unique childhood collection, students are encouraged to make links between their own knowledge and experience to discuss issues impacting on children and childhood today.

You are also welcome to design your own learning with a self-guided visit, which enables your students to explore two floors of galleries and our temporary exhibitions.

To discuss your visit, please contact our Learning Administrator on 020 8983 5205 or email

Teaching sessions

The following teaching sessions (30, 45 or 60 minutes) led by a member of the formal learning team, are available.

30 minutes: £40

45 minutes: £59

60 minutes: £78

Social Construction of Childhood

An illustrated talk exploring images of childhood through time, followed by small-group work using objects from the learning collection. Linked enquiry questions inspire discussion. Ideal for Sociology students, this session can be differentiated for both A level and GCSE Sociology.

The Importance of Play for Young Children

A short illustrated talk based on the Museum’s collections supported by activities exploring the role of the adult in play. The talk also looks at learning outcomes for children’s play, with reference to the Statutory Framework for the Early Years.

This session is appropriate for groups studying:

GCSE Health and Social Care

BTEC qualifications in Children’s Care, Learning and Development

City & Guilds, CACHE and other childcare qualifications

Sessions in development:

We are developing new sessions for KS3 and beyond. Please email if you would like to find out more.

Oracy at the Museum (KS3)

Build your students’ oracy skills with this two-part session using the museum’s galleries and collections.

Streets in the sky (KS4/5)

How slum clearance and post-war rebuilding changed children’s lifestyles and play.

We are also looking for secondary teachers who would like to help us develop a new offer for KS3 and beyond. If you’d like to join our forum, please email the Formal Learning Manager.

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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Summer Festival 2018

Sunday 22 July. The Museum’s annual summer festival returns, whatever the weather, with a colourful mix of live entertainment right on your doorstep.

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V&A Museum of Childhood collections

Discover the national collection of Childhood related objects, from ideas to design, toys to schoolbooks. All Museum of Childhood Objects