Museum of Childhood

Cambridge Heath Road , Bethnal Green , London , E2 9PA

Museum of Childhood


The Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green, is a popular part of the V&A. Its status is the largest children’s museum in the world. Children are the heart of the museum experience, the V&A creating a Children’s Forum in 2016 to help steer its future. Children’s ideas have been included in the itinerary to make sure the museum is relevant to today’s children.

The museum has a Centre for Childhood Cultures where children can find out about the everyday life of children here in the UK and elsewhere. The centre runs many events including workshops, film seasons and talks. It aims to stimulate children’s imagination and build their skills and understanding. One fascinating feature is a little town full of working dolls houses.

Children can compare their lives with the everyday lives of children in the mid-nineties in one of the exhibitions.They will find toys and learning materials, some of which are still in use today- see the ‘Space Hopper!’ Families are very well catered for. Special free backpacks designed by Montessori are available to young children and contain useful resources. There are four different packs to meet the needs of the under-fives. Be sure to collect them at the start of your visit. It is good to plan your visit as there are many activities on site including art and crafts. Fun ideas have been included to provide an interesting visit enabling private visitors and school’s to make good use of the museum



  • Cambridge Heath Road
    Bethnal Green
    E2 9PA

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Opening and Closing Hours

  • Monday: 10:00 AM - 05:45 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 05:45 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 05:45 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM - 05:45 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM - 05:45 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM - 05:45 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM - 05:45 PM

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