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Museum of Childhood

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Address: 42 High Street | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1TG, Scotland
Phone Number: 0131 529 4142
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
Description: Adults can indulge in a nostalgia-fest and children discover how their...
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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nice way to pass an hour or so

Situated on the royal mile its about a 10 minute walk from Waverley Station. Big plus is that it is free to enter and there is lots of things to see and some interactive things... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Situated on the royal mile its about a 10 minute walk from Waverley Station. Big plus is that it is free to enter and there is lots of things to see and some interactive things for the kids to play with. There is a lift to the first few galleries but for gallery 4 and 5 its stairs so not... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

THE childhood museum is a great place to reminisce about your own childhood as early as the 90's.They have some fantastical old toy cars that kids used to be able to actually ride around in and big aeroplanes too which is fantastic.I finally git to see what a jacky magazine was like as my mum always talks of them.The Victorian... More 

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71 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Free museum in a convenient spot on the Miracle Mile. Five floors of exhibits divided into logical categories. Some really neat stuff with emphasis on the 1950's back. I took the wife as I knew she would enjoy it but I found myself very engaged as well. Not a bad way to while away a couple of hours.

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Minehead, United Kingdom
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12 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Bizarre little museum. Odd layout and very cluttered but lots of excellent stuff to look at. Enjoyed looking around and thinking about all the things I had through my childhood. Lots of lovely reminders and free entry too.

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Bath, United Kingdom
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We visited this museum which was the original collection of an optician. Although it was fairly interesting it was a bit too low key. The childhood memories seemed to have stopped at a Date of Birth of approximately 1950; I was born in 1958 and hardly recognised 5% of the exhibits, the exhibits need to be added to inclusive of... More 

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Faaborg, Fyn, Denmark
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Such a pleasure. Excellent free museum on many floors. Loved the dolls' houses and dolls. Wanted to dress up, but all the costumes were too small :).

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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48 reviews 48 reviews
12 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We enjoyed this free entry multi-level display museum celebrating childhood. It has an extensive collection of toys, and childhood memorabilia dating back through many decades. Some well preserved old favourites from the childhood years of many of us.

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Honiton, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

After visiting the equivalent in London a few years ago, I was looking forward to taking the family here when visiting Edinburgh but we didn't enjoy it at all. It's really old fashioned - lots of dusty things in glass cases and quite honestly, freaky models of 1970's style children standing around. I love doll's houses but these ones were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

This museum is free and looks tiny from the outside we only really popped on to avoid the rain. Once inside it was so much better than I expected with four floors of displays as well as some toys/games available for kids to play with. Spent a very enjoyable hour here. Highly recommended to anybody visiting the royal mile.

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Kent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

History of childhood,including toys including modern day favourites. There are interactive exhibits which take 10p pieces. Interesting exhibits of dolls from around the world.

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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-flavored 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 royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.