Museum of Childhood

The Museum of Childhood is a fun day out for the whole family. Young people can learn about the children of the past and see a fantastic range of toys and games, while adults enjoy a trip down memory lane.

Young people and adults will enjoy finding out about growing up through the ages, from toys and games to health and school days. Hands-on activities, including a puppet theatre and dressing up area, together with our fantastic museum shop, help to make your visit a memorable one.
 
 

Explore the Museum of Childhood by following the clues to collect gold, silver or bronze treasure tokens. Click on the appropriate icon below and download the FREE app.

 
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The entrance to the Museum of Childhood

About

Find out more about the Museum and what you can see.

Dolls on display at the Museum of Childhood

Collections

Learn more about our fascinating collections covering all aspects of childhood.

Children looking at optical toys at the Museum of Childhood

Visitor Information

Check our opening hours and how to find us.

A girl plays with a hands-on toy at the Museum of Childhood

Learning

Learn more about our range of learning materials and fun activities.

Model cars for sale at the Museum of Childhood shop

Shop

Find out what pocket money treats, toys and games are available at the Museum of Childhood Shop.

Exhibitions

Exhibitions

Check out our exhibitions - current and coming soon!

All the world's a stage?

Did you Know?

All the world's a stage?

Did you Know?

All the world's a stage?

In 1760 the ground and first floors of the Museum of Childhood building were used as a  theatre.

100 years ago the building had become the Universal Hardware Stores where people could buy pots and pans and cleaning materials.