Teddy Bear Story

Saturday 10 May to Sunday 27 July
Special Exhibitions Room

Pay What You Can*


'Teddy Bear Story' celebrates the special toys that have been childhood companions to millions of people. The exhibition traces the history of teddy bears, and investigates the world-wide production and success of this favourite toy. 

Well-known bears feature, from folk and fairy stories to picture books, film and television, along with some teddies that have their own personal stories to tell.

Click here for Teddy Bear Story school and groups visits information and booking details.

Exhibition organised by the V&A Museum of Childhood, London.



Teddy bear Chad Valley Company Limited, England, c1955 © Victoria and Albert Museum

Teddy bear, Chad Valley Company Limited, England, c1955, © Victoria and Albert Museum

* Instead of charging admission we are asking you to Pay What You Can. Your contribution will help us continue programming special exhibitions at the Beaney.

V&A Museum of Childhood, London

Linked Event

Teddies, Toys, Trains & Tin-plate Valuation Morning
Saturday 5 July, 10am to 1pm
The Learning Lab
Free drop in 

To coincide with the Teddy Bear Story exhibition. Tony Pratt and Tina Rackham of The Canterbury Auction Galleries will be on hand to give free expert opinion and advice with a view to selling at auction.


Opening Times

Monday to Wednesday 9am to 5pm
Thursday 9am to 7pm
Friday and Saturday 9am to 5pm
Sunday 10am to 5pm


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Diane Smalley - Saturday 30 August to Sunday 28 September


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