V&A Museum of Childhood Free

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The V&A Museum of Childhood houses the UK’s national collection of childhood objects, ranging in date from the 1600s to the present day.

As well as toys, dolls and games, the museum has a wealth of objects relating to aspects of childhood including home, childcare, play, learning and clothing.

Rare, hand-crafted objects sit alongside well-loved toys from the 20th century, allowing an insight into how different children might have lived, thought and felt, through the objects they were surrounded by throughout their childhood.

In addition, the museum runs temporary exhibitions and displays, activities, events and workshops, outreach projects and an award-winning programme for schools.

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Prices and Opening Times
Adult Ticket: Free (USD0.00)
Child Ticket: Free (USD0.00)
Family Ticket: Free (USD0.00)
Senior Ticket: Free (USD0.00)

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Opening Times:

Open 10:00 - 17:45 daily, free entry but occasional charges for special events. Closed 24, 25 and 26 December and 1 January.

Venue Details & Map

V&A Museum of Childhood

Cambridge Heath Road
E2 9PA
+44 (0)20 8983 5200
Public transport:
Nearest Tube: Bethnal Green, Central line, Zone 2 Rail: Cambridge Heath and Bethnal Green Buses: D6, 106, 254, 309 and 388.


Accessible Bathroom Facilities
Designated wheelchair accessible public toilet
Accessible Venue Facilities
Level access, ramp or lift to restaurant or cafe
Level access, ramp or lift to the shop
Accessible Communication Facilities
Hearing loop system
Accessible Venue Facilities
Assistance dogs welcome
Emergency evacuation procedures for guests with disabilities
Staff available to assist
Staff disability awareness trained
Wheelchairs available free of charge
Access into the Building
Automatic doors
Full, non-assisted wheelchair access
Additional Accessible Facilities
Accessible baby changing rooms
Level access, ramp or lift from entrance to reception
Level access, ramp or lift to garden
Level access, ramp or lift to information point
Low reception or information counters
Accessible Parking Facilities
Designated disabled parking available within fifty metres of main entrance
Access Inside Building Facilities
Accessible lift
All routes suitable for limited mobility users
All routes suitable for pushchairs or prams
Lift buttons with raised numbers or letters
Ramps with handrail within building
Steps with handrail within building
Attraction Facilities
Gift shop
Patron toilets
Booking Facilities
Coach parties accepted
Group bookings accepted
Catering Facilities
Event catering
Picnic site
Event Facilities
In house AV available
Available for wedding receptions
Offers charity rates
Conference rooms / Meeting rooms
General Facilities
Wi-Fi access
Payment Facilities
Free entry
Yelp Reviews

4.0 out of 5 based on 42 reviews

Top 5 reviews of V&A Museum of Childhood

4.0 out of 5 17 May 2016
by Iris L.

This is a pretty cool museum. I thought it was only for kids so I didn't go in it at first, but then I looked it up and seemed like it would be interesting, not just for children. I would just avoid it on the weekends, when probably all the families go, and earlier in day on weekdays, because seems like that's when schools might have groups there. So, what does that leave?

Well, if you go on...more

4.0 out of 5 10 April 2016
by Steve P.

This museum shows with actual toys, the history of childhood, a relatively recent invention of modern times. Through their displays they showcase what children played with from decades ago up to more recent times. A great collection to relive your childhood.more

3.0 out of 5 31 January 2016
by Simon W.

Could equally be renamed "The Museum of Hipster Parents", judging by the array of plaid shirts, facial hair, and camp flat caps on display here, of a Sunday morning. Some interesting stuff on display - the Scaletrix and old school Star Wars will excite many a parent, just as the 1800s dolls are the stuff of nightmares. Also, a few corners of interactive stuff, yunno, for kids- rocking horses,...more

3.0 out of 5 24 May 2015
by Emeline V.

You'd think being all the way in Hackney, this museum wouldn't get as much traffic as some others. Ha! Wrong! The museum consists of a central open space filled with stands, games, activities, around which are galleries (the museum per se). We thought the museum would be strictly about childhood and childhood toys, but it is very much for children and their parents, so we felt quite out of...more

5.0 out of 5 24 August 2012
by Steve B.

I have visited this museum with little ones in tow at least a couple of times a year for nearly twenty years. It must be doing something right....

First off its free entry and most of the holiday activities are free. Its perfect for kids under 10 - although as an adult it is fun finding toys from your childhood., especially if sharing that with your kids.

There have been many changes over...more

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