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.

**Unfortunately we are currently unable to provide guided tours, and we are unable to accept any group bookings for the Museum of Childhood until February 2017 because of the refurbishment work planned for the venue. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.**

The entrance to the Museum of Childhood


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

Musical toys on display at the Museum of Childhood


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.

Visitors look at a display of dolls at the Museum of Childhood


Find out about our Outreach service for schools and community groups

Books on display at the Museum of Childhood


Find out about the Museum of Childhood's current exhibitions and events.

A girl looks at toys in the Museum of Childhood shop


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



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.