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V&A Museum of Childhood

Posted by on Wednesday, 8 February, 2012 in Featured, Museums, Rainy day

V&A Museum of Childhood

Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds. SuperTed. Sooty and Sweep. He-Man.  Care Bears.

If these names fill you with nostalgia for the toys, books and TV programmes of your youth then you will love a trip down memory lane at the Museum of Childhood.  An outpost of the V&A situated in Bethnal Green, the Museum unites the V&A’s collection of items relating to childhood, both antique and modern.


Toy collection

Fittingly, the Museum of Childhood has made every effort to ensure that it is baby and child friendly.  Alongside the exhibits of modern and antique toys, clothes and childcare items, there are dressing-up boxes, a sensory pod and various interactive exhibits. On weekdays, the Museum runs daily “Animal Magic” drama and story sessions for children aged 5 and under, and “Art Smarts” craft sessions for 3 to 12 year olds.  There are additional activities on weekends and in the school holidays.

Under 3's play area

A range of Montessori Family Packs for children under 5 and “Making SENse” packs for children with autism are available to borrow from the ground floor information desk.  We collected the pack aimed at babies over 6 months which contained, amongst other things, a playmat, soft book and toys.  The fenced off play area for small children on the first floor of the Museum provided the perfect space to unpack and explore the pack’s contents.   A selection of Gallery trails suitable for all ages can also be collected from the Information Desk.

Masters of the Universe



Interest rating

The adults in our party enjoyed rediscovering the forgotten toys of the Eighties, while my son rolled around to his heart’s content in the baby play area.  Older children would have fun with the interactive exhibits, dressing-up clothes and sensory pod.  The Museum is accessible with a pushchair.


Admission cost

Entry to the Museum of Childhood is free.


Baby changing facilities are available in the male and female toilets.  Changing facilities and a bottle warmer are also available in the Quiet Room on the Lower Ground floor. There is an enclosed area set aside for children under 3 on the first floor.


The large café on the ground floor of the Museum is operated by Benugo and offers hot drinks, hot meals (half portions available for children), sandwiches, cakes and snacks.  As a rough guide, a cappuccino costs £2.30, an espresso is £1.60 and a pot of tea costs £2.15.  There are high chairs and booster seats.

Museum interior and cafe


If you bring your own lunch, you can eat it in the outside picnic area or the Summerly Room on the Lower Ground Floor (weekends and school holidays only).

Opening hours

Monday to Sunday: 10am – 5.45pm (last admission 5.30pm)

Contact details

Telephone: 020 8983 5200


"Pushes and Pulls"

Getting there 

Address: V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9PA

By train: the nearest station (2 minutes’ walk) is Bethnal Green (Central Line).  There is no lift at Bethnal Green.  The Museum is approximately 15 minutes’ walk or a short bus ride from Shoreditch High Street (step free access) and Whitechapel stations on the London Overground.  Cambridge Heath and Bethnal Green national rail stations are about 10 minutes’ walk from the Museum.

By bus: D6, 106, 254, 309, 388 stop outside.  8, 26, 55 and 48 stop nearby.



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