Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered

V&A Museum of Childhood London

8 October 2016 – 23 April 2017

A display of games old and new, reveals the diverse history of the ancient pastime.

Board games have existed as a hobby for thousands of years; they are a part of every culture, educating, entertaining, and bringing people together. This exhibition includes over 100 of the most exciting and visually-arresting gaming items from all across the world.

From the most archetypal examples – chess, Ludo and Snakes and Ladders – to 20th-century classic Monopoly, Cluedo and Scrabble and contemporary electronic and video games, the display charts how advances in technology have led to evolutions in the medium.

There is also an entire section dedicated to Game of the Goose, a board game popular in Britain in the 18th and 19th centuries. Intended to both educate and entertain, it covered topics such as history, science, and geography. Gioco dell’Oca, the Italian version of the 16th century, is believed to be the forefather of the game.

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The exhibition itself is one huge game that visitors can take part in.

Venue information

Opening times

Mon – Sun, 10am – 5.45pm (last admission 5.30pm)

"Art Fund" is the operating name of the National Art Collections Fund, a charity registered in England and Wales (209174) and Scotland (SC038331)