Exhibition

Play Well

24 Oct 2019 – 8 Mar 2020

Regular opening hours

Monday
Closed
Tuesday
10:00 – 18:00
Wednesday
10:00 – 18:00
Thursday
10:00 – 18:00
Friday
10:00 – 18:00
Saturday
10:00 – 18:00
Sunday
10:00 – 18:00

Free admission

Wellcome Collection

London, United Kingdom

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Travel Information

  • Buses: 10, 18, 24, 27, 29, 30, 59, 68, 73, 88, 91, 134, 168, 205, 253, 390
  • Tube: Euston, Euston Square, Warren St, King's Cross
  • Train: Euston, St Pancras and King's Cross

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Why do we play? How important is it for all of us, young or old? What does it mean to play well?

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PLAY WELL will explore the transformative power of play in childhood and in society at large. Through toys, games, artworks and design from the mid-1800s to now, this exhibition will investigate how we played as children and how children play now, as well as its importance in developing social bonds, emotional resilience and physical wellbeing.  

It will examine the relevance of play in the adult world and its vital role in fostering imagination, enabling independent thought and challenging the status quo. From video games, playing blocks, comic strips and images of children playing in different environments such as playgrounds in the 1950s or refugee camps, to a play space by Adam James, PLAY WELL will invite visitors to consider the impact of play in our lives.

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