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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
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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
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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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Like walking back into my childhood.. It's been about 23 years since I was last here and has changed loads..great place to take the kids on a rainy day or just a visit.. I was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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Derby, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Coming here is a great way to relieve your childhood, even it is becoming an increasingly distant memory. It's a good little free museum on the Royal Mile that acts as a valuable antidote to the flashier side of Edinburgh. There are some good exhibits of various toys, dolls, teddies bears and dolls houses. I suspect some children will get... More 

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colchester
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Lots of exhibits almost too many in each display case to look at. Other Childhood museums display the toys in more of a recreated scene of that era which helps put everything into context. Entry is free but I was a little disappointed as there was little or no feeling of nostalgia.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This attraction is free entry as a museum. If your interest is toys you will be there for all your holiday. This is where your children can see what childhood is really about [tablets, phones and video games are not included] Fascinating journey through history with childrens toys going back as far as ancient civilizations.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Like walking back into my childhood.. It's been about 23 years since I was last here and has changed loads..great place to take the kids on a rainy day or just a visit.. I was extatic to see that the Sweeney Todd machine and haunted house are still there 😄 The grey rocking horse that I used to sit on... More 

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Paraparaumu, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

There is something here for everyone of any age,mane is very nostalgic for the over 50s. Pity it is not more interactive

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

I visited this place during a visit to Edinburgh for the day. I hadn't been there for a number of years. It was great to see it again. Some things that are now in it are like i used to have but there are others from much further back.There is also working atttractions costing 5-10p and the gift shop. It... More 

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Livingston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Great attraction....flash backs to my childhood, those were the days before tablets and computer games

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Worsley, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Visited just before the festival at the end of July .had a real blast from the past with a good friend remembering our own toys from our child hood .took photos but didn't realise they weren't permitted ...oops .worth a visit if just to recall happy times

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

This is a museum which we stumbled across walking through the town. It really gives you insight into the past life of those that lived in Edinburgh in the 1800s and after. It has added to the reality of how spoilt we are today.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

It has been updated and renovated since the last time I was there but not for the better in my opinion. Saw a few things from my childhood which brought back the memories but overall too much of a 'clinical' enviroment with everything behind glass. Glad I went but that'll be my last visit. Not the worst hour I've ever... More 

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