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.

V&A Museum of Childhood London

Cambridge Heath Road, London, Greater London, E2 9PA

020 8983 5200


Opening times

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

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