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Museum of Childhood

42 High Street | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1TB, Scotland
+44 131 529 4142
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We came her on a wet June afternoon and happily whiled away a couple of hours looking at the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Rebecca H
Armadale, United Kingdom
Great selection of toys

Lovely museum with a great selection of toys. Highly recommend and it's suitable for all ages. It... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Caryn H
Grangemouth, United Kingdom
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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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42 High Street | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1TB, Scotland
Old Town
+44 131 529 4142
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Reviewed yesterday

We came her on a wet June afternoon and happily whiled away a couple of hours looking at the fantastic collection of toys and assorted exhibits. It was absolutely fascinating and there was plenty to keep the girls we had with us entertained. Amazing to...More

Thank Rebecca H
Reviewed 3 days ago

Lovely museum with a great selection of toys. Highly recommend and it's suitable for all ages. It is also free to get in.

Thank Caryn H
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A fascinating museum to visit with over several floors of 'childhood' toys and memorabilia. There is a lift as well as stairs. There were plenty of families visiting and I think both children and adults found it interesting. We spent about 45 minutes here, it's...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a pleasant way to spend an hour showing your children toys of the past. It will only take an hour or so to go around but is a welcome break if it is raining.

Thank Tufty_B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Took my granddaughter to visit and she loved it. Lots of things to see and do and clothes to dress up in. Loads of toys from long ago

Thank Anne C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Will guarantee one of the exhibits will bring back childhood memories. Great free attraction for adults and children.

Thank Puss100
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went in yesterday with my 8 year old daughter & mum . A great place for all ages my mum loved stepping back in time seeing things she used to have whilst my daughter liked comparing how different things are today , she loved the...More

Thank Missyb2012
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Somehow we managed to completely miss The Museum Of Childhood the first few days of our stay in Edinburgh. It nestles amongst some of the tourist tat shops on the Mile and so it's not hard to neglect, but once you step inside there's quite...More

Thank Peej M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting museum, good collection and thoughtful curation to create feelings of youth. The room of automata was especially interesting as it highlighted both old and new mechanical toys. Potentially a generational gap, but I imagine those a bit older than me would have enjoyed it...More

Thank Erin B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great find. Free admission with donations welcome. Great collection of toys and paraphernalia from yesteryear showing how some things have evolved. Two boys aged 6 and 8 enjoyed it, although adults probably get more out of the experience. Busy but not uncomfortably...More

Thank Ladydaly
Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its
labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests
this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly
visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers
that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the
place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as
the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal
Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the
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25 May 2016|
Response from Acran | Reviewed this property |
There is noplace to eatin the place and i dont think you would be allowed to eat in there. It is free to get into
17 February 2015|
Response from napoleone1982 |
good morning the museum haven't a coffee shop
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