Museum of Childhood
England - Greater London
020 8983 5200
V&A Museum of Childhood
Cambridge Heath Road
ON PEAK WORKING HOURS
|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|
Moving Toys Gallery
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 GalleryThe 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 GalleriesThe 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 GalleryThe 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.
By public transportUnderground, 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.