Many of the Museum's major exhibitions tour to venues both nationally and internationally. Find out what's coming to a venue near you.
Exhibitions available for hire
Many of the Museum's major exhibitions are available for hire to museums and galleries, both nationally and internationally. If you are a venue and would like to contact someone about hiring an exhibition, call Stephen Nicholls on 020 8983 5213 or email email@example.com.
Please note that the Magic Worlds and War Games tours are fully booked. Slots are available for Teddy Bear Story (200 metres squared) from summer 2014, and for Dolls' Houses (400 metres squared) from spring 2016.
Delve into the worlds of fantasy, illusion and enchantment with a spellbinding exhibition exploring how magic has been embraced for hundreds of years. With more than 200 objects from all over the world, the exhibition features costumes, tricks and illusions, film merchandise, optical toys, otherworldly dolls and puppets, and more. This exhibition has so far been seen by over 255,000 visitors.
The exhibition can now be seen at World Museum, Liverpool, 18 October 2013 – 2 March 2014
Future tour venues
Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle, 22 March – 22 June 2014
Past tour venues
Weston Park Museum, Sheffield, 28 April 2012 – 6 January 2013
Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, 26 January – 14 April 2013
New Walk Museum, Leicester, 4 May – 29 September 2013
Teddy Bear Story
A heart-warming exhibition featuring nearly 100 teddy bears, including many rare and diverse examples of the popular toy, as well as teddies from books, films and television programmes and teddy bear merchandise. Divided into themes including German Bears, British Bears and Caring Sharing Bears, the exhibition is drawn entirely from the V&A's extensive collections. This exhibition has so far been seen by over 169,000 visitors.
The exhibition can now be seen at
High Life Highland, Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, 26 October 2013 – 5 January 2014
Future tour venues
The Ark, Dublin, 18 January – 27 April 2014
The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, Canterbury, 10 May – 27 July 2014
Maidstone Museum, 9 August – 2 November 2014
Museum of Hartlepool, 16 June – 9 September 2012
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, 22 September 2012 – 24 February 2013
Portsmouth City Museum, 16 March – 15 September 2013
War Games explores the many fascinating, and often surprising, relationships that exist between, on the one hand, war and conflict and, on the other, children's toys and play. This thought-provoking exhibition features toy soldiers and action figures, toy weapons and ‘anti-war’ toys, board and computer games and archive documents, as well as a broad range of powerful visual material, including photographs, packaging and advertising material. The exhibition is multi-sensory, and features many examples of hands-on activities, designed for both family and adult audiences.
This exhibition can now be seen at the Museum of Childhood before it tours the UK from spring 2014.Future tour venues
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, 10 May – 14 September 2014
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle, 4 October 2014 – 11 January 2015
Sea City Museum, Southampton, 31 January – 7 June 2015
Historic Dockyear, Chatham, 27 June – 20 September 2015
The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry, 10 October 2015 – 17 January 2016
City Museum and Art Gallery, Plymouth, 6 February – 19 June 2016
Small Stories: Dolls' Houses and the History of the Home
The V&A Museum of Childhood holds an internationally significant collection of dolls' houses, representing homes and ways of living spanning three and a half centuries. The earliest is the rare and hand-crafted Nuremberg merchant's house of 1673; the most recent the Kaleidoscope post-modern family designer home designed by artists in 2001. This highly celebrated collection has never before been seen together outside of the Museum.
This exhibition will feature a selection of the Museum's best-loved houses, including country mansions, the Georgian townhouse, surburban villas, social or public housing and high-rise apartments. It explores interior design, new technology, professions and family relationships, and considers the role of the domestic servant and the gendering of spaces and household roles. The exhibition also describes the evolution of the dolls' house from a wealthy adult's showpiece to a mass-produced child's toy.
The exhibition will use family-friendly interpretation, audio-visual and lighting to bring the stories of the houses to life.
Small Stories can be seen at the Museum of Childhood from December 2014 and will tour internationally from autumn 2015.