As I mentioned in my previous London post, money was a bit of an issue, so we needed to find a source of entertainment that was cheap and close to our abode. I had a little looky on the internet and stumbled upon the V&A Museum of Childhood. I always love checking toy museums, plus its admission is free and its location in Bethnal Green made it an obvious choice!
I checked a few childhood museums in my travellings (I still haven't visited the Irish one, located in Powerscourt, though): the one in Edinburgh which is brilliant, full of old creepy toys (check Hannah Hayes' beautiful blog for photographic evidence). I remember being impressed by one of the doll's houses, the quantity of tiny objects collected over the years by its owner was mesmerizing. She even managed to get hold of miniature toilet paper.
The other museum I visited was in Malmö, but it was a bit on the rubbish side unless you get excited about vintage Happy Meal toys. And then when I was small, I adored the Children's Museum in Brussels. It is a must-see if you have a family, your kids will love it as it is very interactive.
The V&A Museum of Childhood did not disappoint, it was the perfect balance between vintage and modern toys, coming from different horizons and cultures.
My favourite part was the windows dedicated to mechanical toys although it was kind of frustrating not being able to witness all their little stunts and tricks.
I examined the doll house on the ground floor of the exhibiton for ages as it's gigornomous, it even has its own water and power supply. Look below for all the amazing little details, like the rocking horse and the vacuum!