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.
How do we get around the museum?
The museum is fully accessible via lift, ramp and stairs. There is also a Quiet Room with hoist and changing bed as well as accessible toilets.
If you have other access needs, email us on firstname.lastname@example.org so we can accommodate you. We have off-street parking for Blue Badge holders – just let us know when you submit your booking form.
When can we visit?
The museum is open from 10am until 5.30pm and you are welcome to visit at any point during these hours. We do ask that if you plan a visit you send us a booking form (found here) so we can best accommodate you. Visits are free and you can also use our lunch space located downstairs.
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.
Museum Quiet Days
We set aside two days each term for groups with special educational needs. Children and young people of all ages are welcomed to these popular and inclusive days, when the museum is generally quieter, and your students have full access to the galleries and interactive displays.
What happens on Museum Quiet Days?
Each Quiet Day is themed – this term, the theme is ‘Bedtime Stories’. Free sensory workshop sessions (20 minutes) are available to SEND groups on Quiet Days between 10.30 and 13.30. These must be pre-booked (maximum of eight pupils per session) and are allocated on a first-come first-served basis.
What else can my students do?
Your students can also use our specially developed resource boxes, available from the front desk. They are themed (Moving Toys, Clothes and Sensory) and contain handling objects and simple activities to enhance your visit.
You can also enjoy themed art and craft activities, on-gallery activities and free access to our Summerly Room for lunches, snacks and relaxation.
When are the 2019/2020 Quiet Days?
This term the Quiet Days are scheduled for 31 October and 14 November 2019, and the theme is ‘Bedtime Stories’. Click here for more information, or email email@example.com
Further information about access in the museum can be found here.