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London Museum of Childhood

London has many museums and galleries, like the National British Museum and the National Exhibition Hall. However, a lot of museums are still unknown. The V&A Museum of Childhood is a great place for a family visit, or for any person who seeks to know how children’s toys have evolved over time.

The museum, which is located near the Bethnal Green station, includes a big collection of artworks, human innovations, childhood-related designs, and also a great collection of toys which were made in the 17th century till this date.

Admission is free and the museum is open the entire week, except for some official holidays like Christmas and the New Year. Its building enjoys a significant importance for being constructed from iron molds and covered with red bricks.

The V&A Museum of Childhood was opened in 1872, and first featured a collection of works borrowed from the Victoria and Albert Museum along with many food products. In the external court of the museum, people will find mosaic tableaus featuring agriculture, art, and sciences; these paintings were made by students from the royal art college to tell the story of the building.

After the First World War, the museum was restored to be an art museum with a special pavilion dedicated for children. Then, it became exclusively dedicated for childhood works in 1974. The building is composed of two floors, featuring kids’ outfits that date back to 200 years, along with dummies, and dolls with their houses, samples of cars and trains, building blocks for kids, children’s furniture, puzzles, and stuffed animals.

Girls will definitely fall in love with the exhibited dolls and their houses that include small pieces of furniture especially that they are allowed to play with them.

As for boys, they will love trains which emphasize their evolvement over the years.

The museum organizes special activities for children like drawing and coloring especially during the summer vacations.