The Ragged School Museum

The Ragged School Museum is housed in Dr Barnardo's largest ragged school, this popular family-friendly museum offers visitors a memorable experience of the Victorian East End of London. The Museum offers a schools programme for pupils at Key Stage I & 2.

The museum was founded to make the history of the Ragged Schools and the broader social history of the Victorian East End accessible to all. Within the original buildings, an authentic Victorian Classroom has been set up where each year some 16,000 children experience a school lesson as it would have been taught more than 100 years ago.

We have also recreated a Victorian East End Kitchen from the 1900s, demonstrating what life would have been like in a simple, one-room home with no electricity or running water.

The museum has several gallery areas, a reconstructed Victorian Classroom and a Victorian East End Kitchen displaying its own collection of historical objects, all designed for hands-on inspection. This is a museum where you can sit at the school desks, use the tin bath and experience what life was like for the Victorian poor of the East End of London.

Opening Hours 
We welcome general visitors between 10am and 5pm each Wednesday and Thursday, and between 2pm and 5pm on the first Sunday of each month.

The museum is open for Schools and Group Talks from Monday to Friday during term time – we run family days during the holidays.
Don’t miss our Victorian Lessons – 1st Sunday of every month.
**Please be aware that there may be limited access to the Schoolroom and Victorian Kitchen at certain times, due to visiting school groups. Please call us on 0208 980 6405 if you wish to discuss the best time to visit.**

Admission Costs
General admission to the museum is free; charges apply for schools and group talks. All our holiday activities are free.

School Bookings
For school bookings or for any enquiries regarding our Schools Programme, please email

Who to contact

020 8980 6405

Where to go

Venue address
46-50 Copperfield Road
E3 4RR
Additional Notes

The Ragged School Museum is situated next to Mile End Park on the towpath of the Regent’s Canal. The entrance to the museum is on Copperfield Road – it is not always possible to enter the museum via the towpath.

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Address: 46-50  Copperfield Road  London