Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9PA
020 8983 5200
Exhibits. Interaction. Daily Activities. Arts & Crafts. Story Time...
Welcoming over 400,000 visitors through its doors every year, the V&A Museum of Childhood in London's Bethnal Green houses the Victoria and Albert Museum's collection of childhood-related objects and artefacts, spanning the 1600s to the present day.
The Museum's exhibitions and displays explore a broad range of subjects relating to childhood, from design, photography and fashion, to play and social issues. Major exhibitions, such as Modern British Childhood, are large and feature around a hundred objects, interactive interpretation and multimedia. Displays and installations, such as The Space Between, are smaller and can range in size from one case to a room in the Galleries.
The Museum's Moving Toys Gallery is divided into four sections – Pushes and Pulls, Springs and Cogs, Circuits and Motors and Look See. Moving toys range from rocking horses and pull-along toys to more complex clockwork and battery-operated toys. Optical toys are a kind of moving toy that creates visual special effects. We can learn a lot about science, design and technology from moving toys.
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