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Museum of Childhood

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Address: 42 High Street | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1TB, Scotland
Phone Number:
+44 131 529 4142
10:00 - 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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Great for Kids & Big Kids too

This was very interesting, although the dolls did creep me out. How things have changed! Its free and well worth a visit

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Nice museum displaying vintage toys and clothes, located on Royal Mile, on several levels. Entrance is free, lots of things to see. Good for the whole family.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a free exhibit and it's worth a visit but not on a sunny day. The toys vary in ages. It can be disconcerting seeing things form your 1970s childhood and remembering all about them. I thought it might be all really old stuff but that wasn't the case. It's quite varied too.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was very interesting, although the dolls did creep me out. How things have changed! Its free and well worth a visit

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you are ever nearby you should take a look inside the Museum of Childhood. Very interesting and the staff friendly - plus the gift shop had amazing stuff.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went for a wander on a Sunday afternoon and found ourselves here. Such a sweet museum. Only slightly alarming when you see toys you had as a child are in a museum! Great for kids but also for adults.

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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

first time visiting this museum and it was brilliant and the staff very friendly and helpful,well worth a visit

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Museum of Childhood is located on the High Street in Edinburgh. It is free so do not expect too much in terms of experience. There is a fair amount of exhibits mainly from early to mid 20th century displayed in glass cabinets. Allow about half and hour to an hour to see everything. Interesting to see toys from different... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Found this as we walked along the Royal Mile. We were intrigued and being free, we didn't hesitate to check it out but didn't really expect much. However we were very pleasantly surprised. What a gem of a place! Different floors filled with toys and items of childhood from yesteryear. Well thought out, well displayed and heaps of information. Heartily... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It was fasinating to visit this well thought out and brilliant displays of this marvelous museum. A free museum that puts many other paid for museums to shame. A must visit venue! Friendly helpful staff

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lots of different floors with lots of different toys from different eras, we all as a family enjoyed looking back at how much toys have changed. I really enjoyed it and so did the children

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