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V&A Museum of Childhood

  • Fodor's Choice

Published 08/30/2016

Fodor's Review

A treat for children of all ages, this East London outpost of the Victoria & Albert Museum—in an iron, glass, and brown-brick building transported here from South Kensington in 1868—houses one of the world's biggest toy collections. One highlight (among many) is the large Dolls' Houses collection—a bit like a miniature Geffrye Museum, with interiors from 1673 up to the present. You'll find everything from board games and puzzles to teddy bears and train sets. The collection is organized into galleries: Moving Toys, which includes everything from rocking horses to Xboxes; Creativity, which encompasses dolls, puppets, chemistry sets, play kitchens, construction toys, and musical instruments; and Childhood, with areas devoted to babies, an exhibit of children's clothes from the mid-1600s to the present, and toys inspired by adult pursuits, such as toy soldiers, toy guns, and toy hospitals. Don't miss the magnificent 18th-century commedia dell'arte puppet theater, thought to have been made in Venice. There are special activities for the under-fives. The shop has replica toys that make great presents.

  • The Central Hall, V and A Museum of Childhood, London, England

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/bortescristian/2962567052/">Childhood Museum - London - September 2008</a> by Cristian Bortes

Sight Information

Address:

Cambridge Heath Rd., London, E2 9PA, England

Phone:

020-8983–5200

Sight Details:

  • Free

Published 08/30/2016

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