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Many of the Museum’s major exhibitions tour to venues both nationally and internationally.

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A Pirate’s Life for Me

The V&A Museum of Childhood holds an internationally significant collection of dolls’ houses, representing homes and ways of living spanning three and a halfcenturies. The earliest is a child’s wardrobe in the shape of a house, dating from 1712; the most recent the Kaleidoscope post-modern family designer home designed by artists in 2001. This highly celebrated collection has never before been seen together outside of the Museum.

This exhibition will feature a selection of the Museum’s best-loved houses, including country mansions, the Georgian townhouse, surburban villas, social or public housing and high-rise apartments. It explores interior design, new technology, professions and family relationships, and considers the role of the domestic servant and the gendering of spaces and household roles. The exhibition also describes the evolution of the dolls’ house from a wealthy adult’s showpiece to a mass-produced child’s toy.

The exhibition will use family-friendly interpretation, audio-visual and lighting to bring the stories of the houses to life.
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A Pirate’s Life for me can be seen at the V&A Museum of Childhood until 22 April 2019 and will tour nationally until autumn 2022.

Tour venues 

25 May 2019 – 8 September 2019                          Historic Dockyard, Chatham
5 October 2019 – 26 April 2020                              Rozelle House, Ayr, Scotland                            16 May 2020 – 6 September 2020                         Ironbridge Gorge Museum, Coalbrookdale
26 September 2020 – 3 January 2021                    Northampton Museum
13 February 2021 – 16 May 2021                               Poole Museum, Dorset
29 May 2021 – 29 August 2021                           Cartwright Hall, Bradford
11 September 2021 – 28 November 2021          Dunfermline Library & Gallery, Fife, Scotland
11 December 2021 – 6 March 2022                     Doncaster Museum & Gallery
19 March 2022 – 18 September 2022                 Time & Tide, Great Yarmouth

chess set

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Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered

Are you a Scrabble Champion? A wannabee Chess grandmaster? Or a Monopoly megalomaniac? Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered will celebrate the joy, excitement and occasional frustration of playing board games. This will exhibition include some of the most iconic, enthralling and visually striking games from the V&A’s outstanding national collection of board games. Alongside current family favourites such as Cluedo and Trivial Pursuit, and traditional games like chess, the exhibition will look at historical board games including The Game of the Goose and other beautifully designed games from the 18th and 19th centuries.

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Tour venues 

13 April 2019 – 23 June 2019                                    The Ark, Dublin
20 July 2019 – 27 October 2019                               Hall Place, Bexley, London                              13 June 2020 – 4 October 2020                               The Corn Exchange, Newbury
17 October 2020 – 17 January 2021                         Epping Forest Museum, Waltham Abbey


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 - Playing with Buildings

22 March 2019 – March 2020

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Event - Festival of Play

Festival of Play V&A Museum of Childhood

20 – 21 July 2019, 11.00 – 16.30

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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