V&A Museum of Childhood

5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(2)
  • Bethnal Green
  • Indoor
  • Ages 0-12
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Attraction Information

V and A Museum of Childhood offers drop-in activities, workshops and hands on displays for all ages including storytelling, arts and crafts, tours and treasure hunts. Plus, temporary exhibitions and displays.

Houses the national childhood collection which includes: dolls' houses, dolls, puppets, toys and games, children's clothes and furniture.

The galleries are designed to be accessible to both adults and children of all ages. A great London family day out!

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Opening hours

Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:45
Closed 24th -26th December & 1st January

Last Entry

15 minutes before attraction closes


Free admission

Travel & Contact Information


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

Phone number

020 8983 5200



Click here to visit V&A Museum of Childhood's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

V&A Museum of Childhood has not told us about their parking.

Yes, there are toilets, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.

Yes, there are baby changing facilities.

Yes, you can bring a picnic.

There are baby food facilities available.

Yes, there is an onsite restaurant and snacks are available.

No, V&A Museum of Childhood is not wheelchair friendly.

No, V&A Museum of Childhood have stated they are not pushchair friendly.

V&A Museum of Childhood has not told us if they are dog friendly.


Free admission and a good day out all around 5 out of 5 stars

If you're looking for something in London that has free admission, the Museum of Childhood is a good option to have. There's plenty to look at from story collections to art collections, and Montessori family packs are available to families with children under 5 which I liked a lot as it allowed little one to make creative choices in what he wanted to do.


Loads of fun and free 5 out of 5 stars

Love this museum. Free entry, and loads of interactive stuff for kids to do - massive robot with wind up cogs, rocking horses, dressing up clothes, drawing with magnets in iron filings, coin operated train set, play kitchen, dolls houses, indoor sandpit, punch & judy puppets, baby play area, books to read, couple of terminals with info about exhibits and a simple maze game, and so on. They offer regular craft and story telling sessions too, and temporary exhibitions. Just a bit frustrating that the best toys are in glass cases, but I defy you not to come over nostalgic when spotting childhood favourites! It's on several levels in a massive tram shed, so tricky to keep kids in sight if you have runaways. Gift shop and cafe are good but pricey. We tended to use the picnic room in the basement, though it gets crowded at peak times. Worth arriving straight after opening time in school holidays. Avoid the lift if you can - slow and small.

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