The awesome V&A Museum chronicles kid-dom through the ages in this location, pulling from a considerable collection of toys, clothing, dollhouses, books, teddy bears, and games. Objects are placed at kids’ eye level with simplified descriptions. Some young ones don’t grasp the concept—toddlers burst into tears when they see a crib behind glass that they can’t climb into—but if they’re too young for exhibits, bring them to one of the 4 to 5 daily kids’ activities, such as stories or drawing. Child-rearing history is also addressed; look for the “Princess Bottle” of 1871, which had a reservoired shape that allowed for quick milk dispensing but also incubated bacteria, a fact that wasn’t realized until countless babies died. The MoC’s double-galleried glass-and-steel building, which has a cafe, is itself an artifact; it began its life in South Kensington as the home of the nascent V&A collection but was re-erected here in the 1860s—the fish-scale mosaic floor was made by female prisoners, many of whom were separated from their own kids.
Museum of Childhood
Cambridge Heath Rd., E2
Our Rating Hours Daily 10am–5:45pm Transportation Tube: Bethnal Green Phone 020/8983-5200 Prices Free Web site Museum of Childhood