The Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood is one of the many cultural institutions in London that often gets overlooked by tourists rushing to see more famous attractions and landmarks.
Located around the corner from the Montcalm Hotel Shoreditch, the V&A MOC is the official Museum of Childhood in the UK and boasts a huge collection of childhood objects. Here are some of the great things you can see at the museum during your time at our hotels near Shoreditch.
Throughout the history of Britain, construction toys have brought hours of fun to children everywhere. The extensive collection at the Museum of Childhood includes a huge range of vintage toys and classic brands, many of which are still going strong in shops today. From Lego to Meccano, you and your kids will have fun browsing all of the classics and reminiscing about the time you spent building unique creations. This is a perfect opportunity for you to take a walk down memory lane and relive your childhood while staying at the Montcalm Hotel Shoreditch.
Fashion for all ages has changed so much over the last century, with every decade taking on its own unique set of styles and trends. The clothing exhibition at V&A Museum of Childhood showcases the timeline of children’s clothing throughout the years. With over 6000 garments and accessories, the collections include clothing for boys and girls of all ages and from every decade of the last 60 years. The exhibit offers a dose of nostalgia to parents from all over.
Back before Xbox consoles and online video games, children and parents used to pass the time with classic board games and physical activities. Browse the impressive collection of vintage games and check out everything from authentic antique chess boards to an original Jenga set. More than simply looking at the games, you and your fellow visitors will get the opportunity to learn about the history behind them, who invented them and how they became so popular.
Puppets and toy theatres
Puppetry has been around for thousands of years in civilisations all across the world. From the beautifully-crafted shadow puppets of China to the modern hand puppets found on British stages throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, this collection boasts a huge range of colourful and quirky characters. Transport yourself back to your childhood as you hear about the history behind some of your favourite puppets like Sooty and Sweep.
From ancient hand-made dolls made with twigs and cloth to injection-moulded plastic figurines, follow the historical timeline of toy figures and learn how they have become such highly sought after collectables. If you’re travelling with kids, this is a wonderful opportunity to let them see some of the most colourful and creative action figures from history. Collectors will find themselves in awe of the incredible collection of over 1000 figures which includes some of the rarest in the world.