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V&A Museum of Childhood (London)
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V&A Museum of Childhood (London)
Advantages: Interesting exhibits
Disadvantages: Not a lot
Museum of Childhood
We were recently in London and because we were staying close to this museum, decided to give it a visit.
The museum is located close to Bethnal Green and Cambridge Heath tube stations; we got the tube to Bethnal Green and it took us about 10 minutes to get there. If driving to the museum, parking can be arranged for visitors with special needs; there is some parking close by but its limited. The museum is easy to find as it's a large building on a main road and clearly signposted. Once we got there, there is a large paved entrance area with a garden and metal gates separating the museum from the pavement.
--The museum and exhibits--
On entering the museum, there is a large display inside a cabinet with dolls and bears from different eras and an open display retelling a story.
Visitors then go straight into the museum which has a shop and then straight ahead the large open café which sells teas coffees, drinks and snacks. As expected this was very busy! The structure of the museum is very open plan with a ground floor, mezzanine level and first floor and one thing I noticed immediately was the beautiful fish scale pattern marble floor which was apparently laid by female inmates of Woking Gaol.
The exhibits in the museum were originally from the Great Exhibition (namely, Food and Animal Products,) South Kensington collections and a loan of 18th century French art. As time passed, members of the Royal family began to house their gifts at Bethnal Green, so it was not originally intended to a museum of childhood. It didn't become a museum of childhood until 1974, so it is incredible that it now has more than 4.5 million exhibits from 1600s to the present day in 145 galleries.
Many of the exhibits are housed in glass cases, usually covering themes such as Superheroes, dolls houses, and clothes. Each glass case has an explanation of what is inside the case and because there are several objects in each case there is plenty to look at and comment on. Because of our age, Himself and I were especially liking the toys from the 70s, and it was nice to reminisce and try to remember the names of some of the tv characters and the toys we used to play with. There are some incredible dolls houses, which Little Miss enjoyed looking at.
Walking along the two upper levels and there is plenty to interest visitors, such as the sensory area, dressing up area, sand pit, games area and if anyone wants a rest, there are comfy seats and quiet areas dotted about.
One of my favourites was the fairytale area. Here visitors walk through different rooms depicting various fairytales and inside the different rooms are dressing up clothes and artefacts so that children can act out fairytales. There is also an area with interactive optical illusion displays and a magic exhibition as well as a puppet theatre.
Address: Cambridge Heath Road London E2 9PA
E mail: email@example.com
Open 10.00-17.45 Monday-Sunday (last admission 17.30)
Closed 24, 25 and 26 December and 1 January every year
This is a very interesting museum with lots to look at and talk about. There is plenty for children to do and one of the things I liked were the quiet areas and the games area where games were set out on tables ready for children to play.
Admission to the museum is free, drinks in the café aren't ridiculously expensive and there is a picnic area on a lower level so families can bring in their own food if they want a free day out.
A recommended museum for anyone to visit if in the area.
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