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Children at V&A Museum of Childhood

Children at V&A Museum of Childhood

The V&A Museum of Childhood unveils its million pound transformation

It's been closed for just over a year, but on Saturday 9 December the V & A Museum of Childhood reopens it's doors to the public.

A few facts about The V & A Museum of Childhood

  • Over 40 thousand schoolchildren visit the Museum every year
  • The total cost of the transformation was £4.7million.
  • The building which houses the Museum of Childhood moved to Bethnal Green in 1866, having first been used as a museum building in South Kensington, in west London.
  • The Bethnal Green Museum was opened by the Prince of Wales on 24 June 1872.
  • In 1974 that the then Director of the V&A, Sir Roy Strong, made the decision that the Museum would officially be dedicated to the subject of childhood.


After a year under wraps the V&A Museum of Childhood is poised to reopen its doors to the public. It's the second phase of the Museum's development masterplan which aims to provide essential facilities for its priority audiences of schools and community groups.

The East End architects, Caruso St John, who completed Phase 1 in April 2003, have set about creating a new face for the 130 year old building.

It's hoped the new entrance hall and gallery spaces will remain true to the museum's ethos, while bringing it right into the 21st Century.

The highlights

  • A welcoming new entrance
  • 85 metre square gallery within the foyer
  • A new learning centre to accommodate community art and craft workshops

Check out the thoughts of the Museum's Director and the Architect behind the multi-million pound transformation.

Where and when to go

The Museum opens on Saturday 9 December at 12pm

V&A Museum of Childhood
Cambridge Heath Road
London E2 9PA

Your say

If you're planning a trip to the museum we'd love to hear your views about how it's changed. Email us a paragraph or so about the best things you've seen and what you liked most.

Do you think childhood in London has changed for the better or the worse? What do today's children have that you wished you'd had and what do you think they've missed out on?

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