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Our specially-devised gallery for early years and beyond explores the playtime experience for London children through time. Watch 1950s children's TV shows in black and white and imagine how life changed for children when new toys became available.
Take a stroll through history in our atmospheric recreated Victorian street. Check out the wares at the toy shop or see where sir might have had his beard shaved in our real Victorian barbershop!
Choose a favourite object and see if others can guess it by asking only questions answered ‘yes’ or ‘no’.
Study a single case of objects during your visit, and then turn around and see how many objects within it you can name.
Peep at the end to see what you forgot!
Everyone chooses a colour or material (remember that modern materials like plastic haven’t been around long!). Search galleries for objects the same colour or material.
Younger children might like to look for shapes as well as colours.
Unfortunately these backpacks are temporarily unavailable.
Become a museum explorer with one of our under 5s backpacks filled with games, toys and puzzles to help you delve into our galleries. Pick one up for free from the front desk when you arrive (£5 refundable deposit).
Please travel light as there will not be lockers or a cloakroom facility available until further notice
Our café in the Entrance foyer will be open for snacks, drinks and light meals from 11.30am-3pm Monday to Friday, and 10am-5.30pm Saturday and Sunday
The Ellipse Hall Café will not be serving food and drink, but will be open and operate as a lunch space for those wanting to bring their own food
We have baby-changing facilities to help keep all our visitors happy, even the littlest! Waiting times could be longer than usual
The museum is fully accessible to our buggy and wheelchair users. Please note that we don't currently offer a buggy park