V&A Museum of Childhood

The Museum of Childhood is a branch of the Victoria & Albert Museum and houses the national collection of children's costume together with one of the largest and oldest collections of toys and childhood artefacts in the world. There are over 6,000 items on display spanning 400 years of childhood.

Dating from the sixteenth century to the present day, the toy collection comprises dolls, dolls' houses, teddy bears, toy soldiers, train sets, model cars, puppets, rocking horses, board games and some of the very first jigsaw puzzles ever made.

The upper gallery is devoted to the theme of growing up through the ages and features a unique display of baby equipment, nursery furniture and children's costume which explore the experience of childhood, from birth to adolescence.

As well as its permanent displays, the Museum also has temporary exhibitions and hosts weekend art workshops and holiday events for children.

Opening Hours
Open daily from 10am until 5.45pm.

V&A Museum of Childhood
Cambridge Heath Road
Bethnal Green

Location Map

+44 (0)20 8980 2415

Nearest Tube / Rail Station
Bethnal Green

Bus Routes
8, 26, 48, 55, 106, 253, 309, 388, D6