United Kingdom

V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road

E2 9PA
Phone: +44 (0)20 8983 5200
Fax: +44 (0)20 8983 5225

V&A Museum Of Childhood

The V&A Museum of Childhood aims to encourage everyone to explore the themes of childhood past and present and develop an appreciation of creative design through our inspirational collections and programmes.

The Museum is part of the V&A family of museums, and houses the UK's national childhood collection. The galleries are designed to show the collections in a way which is accessible to adults and children of all ages.

We have a dynamic programme of temporary exhibitions, daily activities and seasonal events, and an excellent education programme with popular teaching sessions and resources linked directly to the National Curriculum. With its strong commitment to cultural diversity and social inclusion, the Museum has established very close links with its local communities through a diverse programme of collaborative visual arts and oral history projects.

Permanent Collection

The V&A Museum of Childhood houses the UK's national collection of childhood-related objects, one of the finest in the world. Dating back to the 16th century, it represents the diversity of childhood experiences across the full economic, cultural and historical spectrum


The Museum has a dynamic programme of temporary exhibitions comprising exhibitions which have been curated and produced by the Museum itself, and a variety of touring exhibitions which are relevant both to our audience and the themes of childhood. All of our exhibitions are suitable for adults and children of all ages.

Forthcoming exhibitions

Feel the Force
28 July - 11 November 2007

A Science Projects touring exhibition exploring the forces of nature, many of which are used within the Museum's moving toys collection.

Visitors will be given an insight into how these invisible forces affect every moment of our lives through exhibits including an anti-gravity wheel, a gyro cycle, a black hole and a magnetic pendulum.

Lost in Space
24 November 2007 - June 2008

This major exhibition will explore people's age old fascination with space. It will show how this fascination has influenced popular culture, from literature and comics to film, design and merchandising, including toys.

On display will be real space objects together with classic space-inspired designs and childhood objects. The relationship between reality and fantasy is a fascinating one which will be looked at within the exhibition. The reality of how space exploration has developed and how space fantasy and science fiction worlds have been created in people's imaginations will be revealed


Admission is free.

Opening hours

10:00-17:45 daily

Getting there

London Underground: Bethnal Green, Zone 2
Buses: D6, 106, 254, 309, 388, 8, 26, 55 and 48.
Overground trains: Bethnal Green, Cambridge Heath


Baby change
Disabled toilets
Guide dogs welcome
Cafe serving hot and cold food

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