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About the Museum of Childhood

A building that's part playground for today's children, and a museum of old toys for adults to look at.

On two floors, lots of glass cases with toys from early Victorian times right up to modern day collectables.

There's usually a themed exhibition on the upper floor.

IMPORTANT - Although venues are reopening, their hours may differ from normal, and most now need prebooking before you visit.


Address

Museum of Childhood ,
Cambridge Heath Road,
London,
E2 9PA

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Fequently asked questions

What's the nearest railway station to Museum of Childhood

The nearest station is Bethnal Green which is 0.1 miles away.


Museum of Childhood - Latest News

Silvery spiral stairs for East London’s Museum of Childhood
Silvery spiral stairs for East London’s Museum of Childhood

The V&A’s Museum of Childhood in East London has secured planning permission for a large revamp of the listed building.

Be a pirate at the Museum of Childhood
Be a pirate at the Museum of Childhood

There’s an exhibition about pirates in East London at the moment, which I would describe as a pirate themed playground that happens to be in a museum.

See a century of Nordic design for children
See a century of Nordic design for children

Some of the 20th century’s most iconic and influential Nordic designs for children, from BRIO to LEGO, Marimekko and the Moomins have been brought together for the first time in a new exhibition at the Museum of Childhood.

Giant model of a 1960s tower block
Giant model of a 1960s tower block

A small exhibition has opened, with a gigantic model of a 1960s era tower block.

A memory of childhood boardgames on display
A memory of childhood boardgames on display

Boardgames are one of the rites of passage of aging, from simple games played a young children, through to drunken nights with friends after work. And any such product eventually ends up in a museum, with a display.

Bagpuss, Clangers and a Steam Train
Bagpuss, Clangers and a Steam Train

There is a small corner of a museum for children that is currently filled with excited adults screaming and sighing in delight, as Bagpuss, the Clangers, Ivor the Engine, et al have arrived.

Museum Meals – V&A Museum of Childhood
Museum Meals – V&A Museum of Childhood

What was once the V&A’s regional outpost in the east of London has a newish display on at the moment, and as I was sort-of local, popped over for a look and a nibble.

War! What is it Good for? Exhibitions! That’s What!
War! What is it Good for? Exhibitions! That’s What!

Such is the theme of a display at the Museum of Childhood that asks in that hang-wringing angst way that this particular museum is particularly skilled at — should children play at war?

A lacklustre attempt to tell the story of modern British childhood
A lacklustre attempt to tell the story of modern British childhood

A history of how the lives of children has changed since the end of WW2 should be a fantastic nostalia-fest that would appeal to an

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