V & A Museum of Childhood, London

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  • Visited this a few days ago and it was very good, we have done all the big museums and decided to go here as the reviews said it wasnt so busy and as my father in law is blind it was ideal as he could...  more »
  • The main problem with this museum is that it deals with children's toys but not enough with the child himself. Since it's a museum about childhood it has to deal with the child, about his joys, worrie...  more »
  • I took my 6 year old daughter planning to show her an exciting collection of doll houses of British royalty. In fact the Museum collects toys from different eras (even recent ones) and exposes them in large glass cases poorly lit. Among the cases children, I assume, they play with the toys Museum, chase each other and pulling perilously kicking a ball around. As the Museum is a little depressing, but perhaps as toy library is very effective!
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  • Interesting but lacking. Cabinets of toys but no real association with time or the impact of commercialisation of childhood, impact of comics, TV adverts etc. Far Too many dolls and dolls houses, anyone would think this was all kids ever played with. No concept of poor kids versus rich kids toys. No hands on for toys of past clockwork, pedal cars and so on. Needs a director with a vision. Amazing building. Crap cafe.
  • This is a really fun museum with plenty to do, its very child friendly and there's encouragement for kids to play with various displays (bring some 20p pieces.) For adults, walk around the two floors of cabinets and exhibits while reminiscing about your childhood playthings. The cafe is nice, not the cheapest but there's some tasty snacks and hot food, plus a child's selection. The gift shop is cool, small but well formed. Its easy to get here, just a short walk from the tube or bus stop. A fun afternoon for the family or just if you're a big kid.
  • Lovely place to spend a couple of hours and it's free entry. Lots of nostalgia for us and some nice hands on things for the kids. Also only a 10 minute walk to Victoria Park.
  • Intimate museum with some interesting displays and an amount of interactivity, but, given the subject matter we would have enjoyed more opportunities to play with the exhibits. My kids loved the large rocking horse and Punch and Judy activities. A museum probably more suited to younger kids, but plenty of nostalgia value for parents too.
  • We enjoyed our visit, especially my 2 year old. Interesting insight into the world, and history, of toys with plenty of activities for the little ones. Highly recommend.

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