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Render of AOC V&A Museum of Childhood exterior

The V&A Museum of Childhood is beloved by its local community with a unique and wonderful story to tell as East London’s first museum. In October 2018, Director Tristram Hunt announced a major redevelopment project to become a museum of design and creativity for children, families and young people and unlock its huge potential to fire imagination and spark ingenuity.

The V&A’s world-class collections are at the heart of this new mission. The redevelopment will draw on the full scope of the V&A’s collections of art, design and performance.

V&A Museum of Childhood AOC render interior

With a mandate set by local school children to become the world’s ‘most joyful’ museum, De Matos Ryan and AOC Architecture have been appointed to lead the transformation of the museum’s buildings and galleries. De Matos Ryan’s proposals include The Kaleidoscope, a feature staircase for the Main Hall inspired by optical toys and a new lower ground entrance to improve access for school groups and families with buggies.

AOC Architecture are leading on the overall redesign of the museum and three new galleries. In preparation, an entire gallery, called Open Studio, has been transformed into a working design studio. In Open Studio, visitors are encouraged to physically hold and interact with objects from the V&A collection, test out display ideas and feedback on work in progress.

A groupd of children interacting with display at Open Studio V&A Museum of Childhood

Open Studio builds on the museum’s commitment towards co-design – the practice by which visitors become active, creative participants. Children, teachers, families and community groups are all central to the transformation of the new V&A Museum of Childhood.

Let us know what you think! Join our public consultation on 26 June 3-4pm, 28 June 1-2pm. Join the Facebook event

Read a statement by De Matos Ryan here
Read a blog post by Tristram Hunt, V&A Director.

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