V&A Museum of Childhood
Welcoming over 400,000 visitors through its doors every year, the V&A Museum of Childhood in London's Bethnal Green houses the Victoria and Albert Museum's collection of childhood-related objects and artefacts, from the 1600s to the present day.
The collection features toys - including dolls, dolls' houses, puppets and teddy bears - games, childcare, clothing, furniture and art and photography. In addition, the Museum runs a dynamic programme of temporary exhibitions and displays, a wide variety of activities, events and workshops for adults and families, outreach projects in hospitals and the local community, and an award-winning programme for schools.
The Museum aims to encourage everyone to explore the themes of childhood past and present, and to develop an appreciation of creative design through our inspirational collections and varied public programme.
Closed: 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January
To book an event or teaching session, call 020 8983 5205 or email email@example.com
The Museum of Childhood houses the UK's largest collection of toys including dolls, dolls' houses, puppets, games, optical toys and automata.
It also has a significant children's costume and nursery equipment collection. Its collection dates from the 16th century to the present day.
Costume and Textiles, Toys and Hobbies
Kites from Kabul
- 4 July 2015 — 3 October 2016 *on now
In Afghanistan and across South Asia, children and adults alike have flown kites for fun for over a century. The kites are brightly coloured and can be seen dotting the skyline of Kabul in the evenings. This display will bring this magical spectacle to London, celebrating the story behind one of the world's most iconic toys in one of the world's most troubled countries.
Turquoise Mountain, a British charity in Kabul, presents this unique display of handmade kites, inspired by Afghan and Islamic design motifs. The kites are made by the artists and children of the Old City of Kabul. Photos and video bring to life the rich history and culture of kite-flying.
- Family friendly
Create a Kaleidoscope
A kaleidoscope is an optical toy invented in 1817, which used coloured glass and mirrors to create patterns. Have a go at building an online version for yourself using toys from the museum.
Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green is showing a family friendly movie on the second Saturday of every month at 10.30 as part of their brand new Family Films screenings.
How to obtain
Admission is free for adults and kids - just drop in.
Make your own Jumping Jack
V&A Museum of Childhood
Cambridge Heath Road
020 8983 5200
020 8983 5225