Explore the galleries

The Museum of Childhood's eight galleries celebrate the escapades and challenges of childhood in a whole new way. You don’t have to be young, only young at heart to enjoy the adventure.

    The Outdoor Adventure Gallery

    The Outdoor Adventure Gallery at The National Trust Museum of Childhood

    Start the discovery outside and walk through our Victorian street, where you can play jacks and marbles. Jog your own memories by listening to people’s accounts of playing outdoors over the years.

    The Work Gallery

    Child going up the chimney in the Work Gallery

    Experience first hand the realities of life for children employed through the ages. Venture down a Victorian mine tunnel. Uncover what life was like for children working in domestic service, whilst daring young ‘sweeps’ can take on our chimney climb.

    The Home Gallery

    Child looking up at the bedrooms on the ceiling in the home gallery

    This gallery turns home life on its head. Look up to see a bedroom on the ceiling. Put yourself in the shoes of a family on the home front in World War II. Pick a favourite from the wonderful display of dolls houses and board games.

    The School Gallery

    School Teacher ready to ring the bell in the Victorian School Room

    The best days of your life? Cast your mind back to semolina dinners and school uniforms. Sit up straight and pay attention in the Victorian school room and have a go at our playground games.

    The Baby Gallery

    Family playing with teddy bears in the Baby Gallery

    Trace the first year of life and see how we celebrate the arrival of a new baby. Compare the equipment used to care for little ones today to that of the 19th century.

    The Stories and Imagination Gallery

    Grandparent and child reading one of the giant books in the Story Gallery

    Enter here and who knows who you’ll meet. Walk through outer space and a magical forest. Budding storytellers can create their own characters and stories in our performance area. Play with puppets and delve into our book collection.

    The Toys Gallery

    Children having a go with the moving toys in the Toys Gallery

    With an amazing array of toys including the Betty Cadbury Collection of Playthings Past, you can take a look at toys through the ages. Re-discover the toys you played with or those your parents or grandparents loved.