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Museum of Childhood

Address: 42 High Street | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1TG, Scotland (Cowgate)
Phone Number: 0131 529 4142
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Ranked #51 of 194 Attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Adults can indulge in a nostalgia-fest and children discover how their (not so) aged parents amused...
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children

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York, UK
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259 reviews 259 reviews
46 attraction reviews
197 helpful votes 197 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

I'm going to disagree with most other reviewers about this museum and say we were very disappointed. It was a very cold day and we were looking for some warmth and, seeing the museum had free entry, decided to head in. I believe, to fully appreciate the displays, you would need to be eighty or over. We're in our forties... More 

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

we took our young kids here as a diversion after visiting Dynamic earth - excellent free museum with some really good exhibits, including a few toys to play with/ dress up in. It seemed a shame all the coin operated machines from the past were 'out of order' this gave the impression that funds were a bit tight. Unlike dynamic... More 

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Dublin
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Nice little museum displaying toys and hobbies down the ages. Great to bring kids. Admission is free and donations are welcomed.

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Renfrew, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Visited the museum today and found it a lovely wee place. Was great to see how toys have changed over the years even though most of them were before my time lol. Had a few giggles at the dolls that used to be around many years ago as nowadays they would give children nightmares! I enjoyed my visit and as... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

It is a great little museum on the royal mile. Free to enter, donations accepted. It's an interesting place with information spanning about 100 years. Very informative. Definitely worth visiting it you can.

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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

This nice little (and free) museum is a nifty little find on the royal mile. We would recommend it as being worth a visit if you're in the area.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

This free (but donations welcome) fabulous Museum was an exciting find on The Royal Mile. Loved looking at all the old toys and photographs. Will be back to spend longer in the Museum next time.

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

interesting walk around looking at how toys and games have changed over the years. Its free and very central and certainly worth a look

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I took my daughter to this museum in October 2014. She had been before with her grandfather, but he had inadvertently only shown her galleries 1 and 2, and there are a few other galleries which she had not yet seen. I myself had been to this museum on a school trip back in the early 1980s, but I didn’t... More 

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Richmond, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

My wife and I visited earlier this month. What a find and what a price. Free for all. This is a great even if you don't have children anymore to share it with. A real trip down memory lane. Make sure you allow some time to check the Museum of Childhood out the next time you are in Edinburgh!

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