Fine art student and freelance writer from Paris, living in London.
Published April 17th 2017
The museum for the child in you
As a fine art student, I often find myself having to visit lots of museums, for educational purposes. But when my tutor advised me to go visit the V&A Museum of Childhood, I wondered what benefits I could draw from this visit. Despite everything I thought, this museum has something for everyone, even for a fine art student.
Even if it called Museum of Childhood, this annex of the Victoria and Albert Museum is more of a collection of objects concerning everyone's childhood, not a place only for kids as you could think. It, therefore, has a complete permanent collection of toys of all over the ages, from centuries ago to the most recent video games. Every generation can relate to some of these and bring a bit of nostalgia.
Their collection is divided into a variety of categories: clothing, construction toys, dolls, doll houses, early years, furniture, games, learning and development, mechanical toys, must-have toys, optical toys, paintings, paper models, puppets and toy theatres, teddy bears and soft toys, toy figures, vehicles. Literally everything concerning childhood. The museum is mostly known for the huge collection of doll houses, of every type and size. The biggest are as tall as an adult, imagining having it as a kid, a real dream come true.
They also host a large variety of exhibitions, like the one at the moment about board games, where you are also invited to play some yourself. If you want to see it, go quickly as it ends on the 23rd April 2017. The museum, as well as the exhibitions, are free, so you can go with all the children and nostalgic of their childhood that you know.
It is situated in Bethnal Green, not really in Central London, so an unusual place for a museum. It is a good thing as it could invite tourists to visit the London they don't usually see,
The building is a large two floors in a big opened space. The main hall on the ground floor of the building hosts a modern café and a shop. As I went there during the Easter break, many children were there but don't worry, it is never overcrowded.