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Museum of Childhood

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Old Town
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Address: 42 High Street | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1TB, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 131 529 4142
12:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No

Adults can indulge in a nostalgia-fest and children discover how their (not...

Adults can indulge in a nostalgia-fest and children discover how their (not so) aged parents amused themselves as youngsters in a world before video games. There’s a wholesomeness to the construction kits and embroidery sets that once kept little fingers busy in a world that embraced the notion of "Improving Sunday Toys," while train sets and dolls houses have enduring appeal. If the implacable stare of the massed ranks of a compendious collection of dolls becomes a little unnerving, there are dressing-up boxes, and regular organized activities to provide diversions.

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For free this museum is amazing. Different displays - outdoor playing stuff, school, books, dolls etc. Some stuff was very old and other bits conjured up some childhood memories... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

fun and free activity for children and adults, many floors with displays from different time periods

Thank Sophie S
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

For free this museum is amazing. Different displays - outdoor playing stuff, school, books, dolls etc. Some stuff was very old and other bits conjured up some childhood memories of our own!

Thank Lottelli
Redditch, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The museum is on The Royal Mile and well worth a visit. It just happened to be round the corner from our hotel and we found it by accident, but it was an accident worth having!! A fascinating museum and great seeing articles and products from when we were kids. Free entry and well worth a visit.

Thank Richard C
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Popped in briefly as was mentioned on our bus tour previous day. A very strange place in a fascinating way!!! Takes you back to your own childhood. Some of the exhibite items were very full of antiques and oldy world items. No admission fee just do a donation if you want. No pressure on time spent inside either.

Thank Anna W
Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We popped in briefly and really enjoyed looking at all the old toys and furniture that babies and children were given in the past. Makes us look very safety conscious now though! Friendly staff and free to visit (although recommended donation is £3)

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

From the street it doesn't look much, but once you are in it seems to go on for ever. Our short visit lasted about 3 hours. We were surprised with the amount of exhibits and we are also of the age that we saw some toys, etc. that brought back memories. Well worth the visit and it is free, but... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A collection of toys of the past and the present. I spent around half an hour, because it was not too interesting for me. The museum looks good and well-maintained.

Thank Sharell B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

there is a good amount of toys some which seem to be making a come back. take the kids and show them what you use to play with

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Bromsgrove, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Right in the heart of the Royal Mile, on the High Street, this is not the largest venue. This time capsule of amusement brought much laughter, reminiscing & sharing of childhood adventures. The layout is pushchair/wheelchair friendly except for the top floor which didn't have lift access. Viewing is clear for all heights & there are hands on opportunities too.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For a free attraction this is very interesting. We only spent about 30-45 mins here as our children (4&7) were not that interested. However, there were some toys/dressing up which they enjoyed playing with. I would recommend you pop in here on your way up the Royal Mile.

Thank EnglandPenny

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