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V&A Museum of Childhood
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Great for many age groups

Visited with our five month old grandaughter on a recommendation. She loved the light show area... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
814AlanW
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Ramsbottom, England, United Kingdom
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Great afternoon

As a family that collects toys we had a great afternoon wandering around the displays. Sweet little... read more

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited with our five month old grandaughter on a recommendation. She loved the light show area with lots of different coloured lights in different formats. We then looked around and enjoyed a trip down memory lane with the vast number of toys on display. .. very poignant display of dolls houses

Excellent lunch in their busy café too

Thank 814AlanW
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Housed in the old 'Brompton Boilers' building which was moved from South Kensington, the museum is a great place for children or for adults to relive their childhood with it's fascinating history of toys, dolls houses, children's clothes and other items related to childhood, plus a special exhibition on pirates, which is very much focussed on children.

The displays however seem a little tired and there are plans to refurbish the museum, not helped by the dull light and empty expanse of space on the ground floor, connecting to the cafe and shop. While there are some contemporary exhibits, the displays overall lack the sparkle and liveliness we are now used to seeing is such museums.

Thank Ian C
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As a family that collects toys we had a great afternoon wandering around the displays. Sweet little cafe too. They don’t have cloakroom but there are lockers on the lower floor by the toilets. You need a £1 coin and it’s non returnable. The museum is only 150 yards from the Bethnal Green underground station and is well signposted from there. Slightly disappointed that the cabinet with vinyl lettering Space The Final Frontier contained 100% Star Wars toys. if you are going to use an iconic line from Star Trek - at least put Star Trek toys in that display and not tucked around the back on the other side. We found the clothes displays and antique dolls houses fascinating.

Thank HolidayHappy6
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Hubby and i enjoyed a wander round for abt an hour.. Loved it.. And its free.. What more could you ask for

Thank Louise C
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Reviewed September 22, 2018

Visited as a family of 4. Two boys aged. 6 and 4 plus two adults. We enjoyed looking at the exhibits.The adults spotted loads of items from their childhood and the boys enjoyed hearing us talk about our childhood. Lots for kids to do/play with.
The café was over priced and under staffed. Surely a venue that has a large number of children visiting should make sure that their children's food offer is available? Staff were less than helpful. That being said the food when we finally got it was good.
The other thing that was disappointing was the shop, basically a load of plastic tat! Not even a postcard of some of the exhibits.
I would recommend visiting but would do your homework on places to eat outside of the museum.

1  Thank KeithS2410
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Reviewed September 20, 2018

I was so looking forward to visiting this museum because I adore antique dolls houses, miniatures and dolls. So my husband and I visited this museum expecting a fairly nice day out in London - and it was. It was a nice spring Sunday, and while we walked towards the museum we spotted a couple of cute squirrels. All seemed well.. We entered the museum with some trepidation and excitement. At first all we could hear was loud screaming in the background - apparently caused by unruly kids scattered around the museum. I did not mind it too much in the beginning because we thought it would be a temporary thing or perhaps just a small group.
We went through the ground floor where the vintage toys are on display, then the first floor were the dolls houses are displayed. The dolls houses on display were mostly rare antique examples that I have been so keen to see for so long. They certainly did not disappoint. We continued to see all the other antique dolls and toys on the next floor, beautiful.
I tried to take a few photos - not simple as all the glass windows were covered with smudges and fingerprints left from the children! I wanted to take a video of the dolls houses, it transpired to be an impossible task because of the constant noise in the background from the dozens of toddlers running around the floors and screaming everywhere. The staff in the museum ? I would say nearly non-existent, except near closing time when they showed up to push everyone out. All these young parents? They couldn`t care less about supervising their loud offsprings.
I understand that the museum is trying to be child-friendly to encourage interest in the arts from an early age, and given the subject the museum specialises in, this is understandable. But their completely hands-off attitude is going to the other extreme! Nobody expects a Victorian regime, but this doesn't feel like a museum at all, more like a loud kindergarten.

2  Thank Milady100
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Reviewed September 19, 2018 via mobile

Spacious interior with plenty of open area round retail desk and cafe.
Able to view in non directed way and the exhibits are labelled in a simple but informative and challenging way.
We had thought there might be more on view.In the baby goes well with your self right.
Whether it’s dolls houses, toy soldiers or action men there will be something for you.

2  Thank 1949etwall
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Reviewed September 17, 2018

I'll be honest I thought this might not be so interesting, but I was wrong!! Worthwhile visiting as the curation is very thoughtful and will appeal to all ages. Enjoyed the contemporary art installations too. Very good cafe with a good community atmosphere. Would recommend

Thank 456traveller19
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Reviewed September 16, 2018 via mobile

Nice little trip to the toy museum. I was a bit disappointed as I thought there could have been a lot more toys on display and slightly better organised. However a nice free morning out with the kids who enjoyed the few interactive bits.

Thank Karen H
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Reviewed September 12, 2018

Really enjoyed our visit to this museum, had a great time, looking at all the exhibits, of our childhood, not very crowded, so plenty of time just to browse, really interesting, definetly recommend

1  Thank Pauline S
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