Visiting with under 5s

Art Smarts, arts and crafts 2010

Information to help visitors with under 5s prepare for their visit to the Museum. 

Can I get a feel for the Museum without visiting?
Take a look at the Museum's virtual tour to get an idea of layout. Click on the thumbnails to visit each gallery in the Museum. Visit the Virtual tour.

Where are the toilets?
Toilets are located on the Lower Ground Floor. Baby changing facilities, nappy bins and family-sized cubicles are available in both the male and female toilets. The Quiet Room on the Lower Ground Floor has an en-suite family-sized toilet cubicle. An accessible toilet is also available. Collect a RADAR key from the Information Desk to unlock it.

Is there anywhere to go for privacy?
The Quiet Room is located on the Lower Ground Floor. The Quiet Room has comfortable seats, a baby changing area, nappy bins, a bottle warmer and an en-suite family-sized toilet cubicle.

Is there a cloakroom?
Unfortunately there are no secure storage facilities at the Museum. Cloak bins are situated on the Lower Ground Floor. Items are left at the owner's risk. A buggy park is located at the front entrance. 

What about eating and drinking?
benugo cafe sells a wide range for children, including a kids 'pick and mix' menu. For more information, visit Eating and drinking. A bottle warmer is located in the Quiet Room on the Lower Ground Floor. Breastfeeding is welcome anywhere in the Museum. Highchairs are available from the cafe. Indoor lunch facilities are available on the Lower Ground Floor, check with staff about availability. 

What can under 5s do in the Museum?
Daily activities include Animal Magic and Art Smarts. For more information, visit Daily Activities.

Are there any events tailored to under 5s?
The Museum regularly holds events for under 5s and many school holiday events are suitable for children of all ages. For more information, see Events and activities.

Montessori family packs for children age 5 and under are available to borrow from the Information Desk for one hour. Packs contain playmats, trails, tactile toys and more.

Is there a lift?
The front lift can access all floors, including the Lower Ground Floor (for access to toilets and baby changing), Ground Floor (entrance / exit, shop and cafe), Mezzanine (Moving Toys and Creativity galleries) and First Floor (Childhood galleries).




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Patrick Rylands Cool Cat

The V&A online shop stocks a distinctive and refreshingly different range for children, big and little, then and now, including toys, games, books and accessories.


Tel: +44 (0)20 8983 5200 | V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9PA