Museums

Museum of Childhood

England - Greater London

United Kingdom

  • History
  • Art & Craft
  • Family Fun

Taking the kids out for the day to Museum of Childhood in England

CONTACT INFO

020 8983 5200
i.garriock@vam.ac.uk
V&A Museum of Childhood
Cambridge Heath Road
Greater London
England
E2 9PA
United Kingdom

ON PEAK WORKING HOURS

START END
Sunday 10:00 - 17:45
Monday 10:00 - 17:45
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:45
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:45
Thursday 10:00 - 17:45
Friday 10:00 - 17:45
Saturday 10:00 - 17:45

DESCRIPTION

The Museum is arranged into four main galleries – the Moving Toys Gallery, the Creativity Gallery, the Childhood Galleries and the Front Room Gallery.

Moving Toys Gallery

The Museum's Moving Toys Gallery is divided into four sections – Pushes and Pulls, Springs and Cogs, Circuits and Motors and Look See. Moving toys range from rocking horses and pull-along toys to more complex clockwork and battery-operated toys. Optical toys are a kind of moving toy that creates visual special effects. We can learn a lot about science, design and technology from moving toys – the mechanisms include everything from cams and levers to the latest computer microchip.
The Moving Toys Gallery has a wide variety of interactives for children to engage with, including rocking horses, Robbie the Robot, a train set, a peep show and zoetrope. Touchscreen interactives featuring moving toys games and quizzes are also situated throughout the gallery.

Creativity Gallery

The Museum's Creativity Gallery is divided into four sections – Imagine, Be Inspired, Explore and Make it Happen. These are based around four key stages in the creative process: Imagination; inspiration; exploration; and the final result.
There are many interactives for children to engage with in the Creativity Gallery, including the Sensory Pod and Build it Up and Knock it Down (building blocks). Art Smarts (arts & crafts) also take place every day from 14.00-16.00.

Childhood Galleries

The Childhood Galleries, located on the First Floor of the Museum, are arranged into the following themes – Babies, Home, What We Wear, Who Will I Be? and Good Times. Each section of the Childhood Galleries explores a different aspect of childhood – what home means, how babies are cared for, what children wear, and what children will be when they grow up.

Front Room Gallery

The Museum's remarkable collection is a rich source of inspiration source for both artists and audiences who make their own work in response. The collection provides the stimulus for a dynamic programme of artist-led projects, engaging new audiences in a creative process that re-interprets and animates the themes of childhood.
The Museum was redeveloped in 2006 and during this phase of development a major commitment to access and audience development was made, which resulted in the building of a community workshop and designated gallery in the Museum. Today, the Museum's front extension houses the Front Room Gallery, a prominent and unique gallery space dedicated to showcasing the work produced through the community programme. Themed exhibitions combine the work of emerging and established artists and designers, and local children and adults are invited to create inventive responses in artist-led sessions. Participants in each exhibition vary with each theme; from mothers and toddlers to primary and secondary school children, higher education students to elders groups
The sense of pride shown through participating in a significant exhibition viewed by thousands is enormous. The prominence of the Front Room Gallery ensures that the important work produced through the community strategy continues to be enjoyed by thousands of visitors every year.


The Museum of Childhood has lots of free fun things to do for all ages, from exhibitions and displays to activities for children, groups and schools.

Open daily 10.00-17.45 (last admission 17.30)

Closed 24, 25 and 26 December and 1 January.

ONSITE FACILITIES

  • Mobility Access
  • Cafe/Family Restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Baby Changing
  • School Deals
  • Wi-Fi

DIRECTIONS

By public transport 

Underground, Bethnal Green, Central Line, Zone 2
The Museum is less than five minutes walk from Bethnal Green Underground station. Unfortunately Bethnal Green Underground has no lift.
Overground
The Museum is a short bus ride or 20-25 minute walk from Shoreditch High Street (Bus 8 or 388) and Whitechapel (Bus 254 or 106) Overground stations. 

By Rail

The Museum is less than 10 minutes walk from both Cambridge Heath and Bethnal Green railway stations. The nearest main line station is Liverpool Street, which is less than a five minute Underground journey from Bethnal Green.

By Bus

D6, 106, 254, 309 and 388 stop outside the Museum and 8, 26, 55 and 48 stop nearby.

By bike

The Museum is less than a five minute cycle ride from Regents Canal. Bike stands are available in the Museum grounds. A Barclays Cycle Hire docking station is situated across the road from the Museum. For more information, visit Transport for London.

By Road

Coaches - A drop-off point and parking for two coaches is available outside the Museum on Cambridge Heath Road.
Parking- Free on-site parking can be arranged for visitors with specific access needs. The car park is accessed via Victoria Park Square, to the rear of the Museum. To book a space and for more detailed directions, call 020 8983 5200. The nearest pay and display bays can be found on Cambridge Heath Road. The Museum is not in the congestion charging zone.
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