Museum of Childhood
Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9PA
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- Recommended for:
- Families with younger children, Education, History
Best for Families - Expert review of Museum of Childhood
Right by Bethnal Green Underground station, this charming and airy Victorian building is home to the children's section of the Victoria and Albert Museum. It was opened here in 1872 and has two main floors along with a good shop and cafe. Busiest at half-term and on rainy days, I find its atmosphere is delightful and while it may seem a long way to venture the experience is far less frantic than other better-known family attractions. Signs in Bengali and Somali scripts reflect the multicultural energy of Tower Hamlets, and there are free trails children can follow tracking down toys, dolls and teddy bears in the collection. While best suited to under 12s, adults will find plenty to muse upon nostalgically - the high point is an extraordinary display of doll's houses dating from 1673.
Admission is free, charges apply for some activities.
More information on Museum of Childhood:
- Price guide:
- Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9PA
- 020 8983 5200
- Months open:
- All year round
- Opening times:
- Mon-Sun 10am-17.45pm.