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Museum of Childhood

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Museum of Childhood

KidRated’s Museum of Childhood Top Tips:


  • The Museum of Childhood is great for drop-in events in half terms and holidays
  • The Benugo café onsite has a good deal on cake and hot drinks after 3:30 pm
  • Free storytelling and craft sessions are held for children of all ages every day

The Museum of Childhood branch of the V&A is specially designed for children to learn about objects made for and by children. There is a range of exhibitions exploring subjects such as photography, fashion, play and social issues.


Check out the museum’s doll collection, the largest in all of the UK, even featuring a paddle-doll from 1300BC!


Get mechanical with the museum’s Moving Toys Gallery, or be inspired in the Creativity Gallery which explains the processes of imagination, inspiration, exploration and making things happen with interactive opportunities along the way.


Parents will also love the museum for its collections of toys from the past. Look out for the Star Wars figurines or the Sindy dolls – nostalgia is guaranteed!


Follow the Museum of Childhood on Twitter – @MuseumChildhood – for extra updates about special events at the museum.

Booking Advice:

  • Entrance is FREE
  • Drop-in sessions don’t require booking
  • Popular events can get busy so turn up early



Cambridge Heath Rd
E2 9PA

Phone number:

+44 (0)20 8983 5200


How to get there:

Tube: Bethnal Green

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Teen Verdict

Family days out, attractions and things to do in London and beyond for kids, older kids and teenagers rated by kids and teens with KidRated


Pretty cool museum. It was free so that’s definitely a bonus for me as a teen. There’s more of an appeal for kids and parents but I still enjoyed it as a teen who is interested in history. I liked seeing the vintage toys from a few decades ago and also trying to guess what certain things were from other centuries. The cafe was nice and I’d say that this is a good place for families with teens but maybe not just teens by themselves.

Parent Point of View

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Laura Porter

  • Bring the headache tablets as you’ll hit a wall of noise when you enter but don’t be put off as kids love this place.
  • There’s lift access to all floors so can keep the buggy with you or leave at the Buggy Park.
  • The Museum receives lots of school trips so it’s busier in the morning.
  • Toilets are on the Lower Ground Level only so check with kids if they need to go before racing up to the top level.
  • The indoor sand pit and the Punch and Judy stall are always a hit.
  • The shop is great for buying gifts.

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  1. Mary n Maggie

    I love this museum! We go a lot and there are always arts and crafts for children to get involved and make things. It’s great looking at all the old fashioned toys in glass cabinets but I wish I could touch them. Mummy and daddy love it because they see old toys from when they were kids about 100 years ago. I think real dinosaurs were around when they were little..

  2. bini

    lots of fun arts and crafts activities on offer on weekends and holidays. my kids love this place. take 20ps for the different antique slot machines.

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