A touring show from the V&A Museum of Childhood exploring the enchantment of fairytales, from wicked witches to magic mirrors.

A spellbinding show that examines how magic has become a central theme in childhood. From Snow white to The Hobbit, this exhibition studies fairytales, novels, games and poems through out the ages and asks why the element of magic is so important.

The exhibition features toys, colourful costumes, puppets and well-known classics like Aladdin and Alice and Wonderland as well as early figurines that pre-empted the craze for action figures. There is a dinky collection of the seven dwarfs from the 1950s and popular toys from the Victorian era that played with illusion, like the thaumatrope and the zoetrope. In essence it’s a show about child’s play.

Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery

Castle Hill, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 3JU

01603 493625


Opening times

  • Monday to Saturday 10am-4.30pm
  • Sunday 1-4.30pm

(1 July – 23 September 2019 open until 5pm)

  • Closed on 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January

Free entry with National Art Pass

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