Groups and tours
For more information or to book a group or tour, call 020 8983 5205 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are planning a visit for a group of 10 people or more, please let us know in advance. To ensure maximum enjoyment, we can only provide guided tours during the Museum's quieter times - weekdays between 14.30 and 17.30, and weekends from 10.15 to 12.15.
Talks for students
A selection of talks, led by a member of the formal learning team, are available for student (post 16) groups studying CACHE, history, post-graduate teacher training and NQTs.
The Social Construction of Childhood
(A-level sociology and first year undergraduates)
An illustrated talk with images of childhood, followed by a small group hands-on session with objects from the learning collection and linked enquiry questions to inspire discussion.
The Importance of Play for Young Children
(CACHE and related childcare courses)
A short illustrated talk based on the Museum's collections, followed by a carousel of activities exploring the role of the adult and the learning outcomes for child play.
How Children Learn in Museums
(Trainee teachers, NQTs and teaching assistants)
An introduction to the resources and experiences that museums can offer, combined with practical suggestions for preparation for learning outside the classroom.
A range of guided tours for adult groups are available, each taking a more in-depth look at a particular theme related to childhood.
Treasures of the Museum
A guided tour of the top ten objects in the Museum's collection as selected by the curatorial team. The must-see objects include an ancient Egyptian paddle doll from approx. 1,300 BC, a 17th century Nuremberg dolls' house and an early 18th century child's wardrobe designed in the style of Kew Palace. The tour includes a talk on the history of the Museum, which charts it's opening in 1872 up to the present day.
Toys from around the World
Find out some surprising facts about the origins of some of the world's most famous toys and games, including Snakes and Ladders, Monopoly and Lego. Explore handmade toys made by African children and hear the curious tale of an 18th century Venetian puppet theatre.
The Victorian Child
During Queen Victoria's 64-year reign, enormous changes occurred in the lives of children, brought on by new education and labour laws. The Victorian Child at Home compares the lives of children from the early Victorian period to those of the late Victorian period, with reference to changes in fashion, furniture, toys and games. The Museum's stunning dolls' house collection also provides a fascinating insight into the lives of the growing middle classes during this period.
History of the Museum
The Museum's iron and glass structure is a unique example of Victorian architecture. Originally erected in London's West End, the building was moved across the city and opened as the East London Museum of Art and Science in 1872. This tour explores the Museum's fascinating 140 year history. (30 minutes, £40)
Childhood Past and Present
Childhood is universal, and yet no two childhoods are the same. Family life, education, wealth, war, health and cultural influences shape a child's experiences. Childhood Past and Present looks at ten iconic objects related to British childhood, spanning 300 years up to the present day, from 18th century swaddling bands to 21st century computer games.
Small Stories: At Home in a Dolls' House
This exhibition, running from 13 December 2014 to 6 September 2015, will reveal the fascinating stories behind some of the UK's best-loved dolls' houses. The small stories of 12 dolls' houses from the past 300 years will be brought to life by the characters that live or work there.
Breakfast tours of the exhibition are available for adult groups on Thursdays 8 January, 5 February and 5 March 2015. Get an exclusive viewing and guided tour before the Museum opens, plus a tasty breakfast in the Museum cafe.
If you're brave enough, you can join us after dark on Thursdays 15 January and 12 February for torch-lit Haunted Dolls' House Tours, including a screening of M R James's chilling classic The Haunted Dolls House.