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Museum of Childhood

42 High Street | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1TG, Scotland (Cowgate)
0131 529 4142
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As featured in Edinburgh for young kids
Ranked #52 of 197 attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Specialty 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 themselves as youngsters in a world before video... more » 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. « less
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Scotland
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Stumbled upon this museum whilst walking along the Royal Mile and was pleasantly surprised. It is packed with toys from yesteryear, making it ideal for a spot of nostalgia, across the generations. There are a few hands on areas but most things are displayed in glass cases to preserve them, so if you have a wriggly, full of beans 3... More

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Cheshire
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

This museum is an old one that I visited as a child several times. I could see that the info signs had up-to-date info on them, but somehow it just seemed the same as it had been thirty years ago. Plenty to see in glass cases. Sad to see that most of the penny slot machines that were available to... More

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Longridge, United Kingdom
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Interesting museum on the Royal Mile, with lots of artefacts detailing life for children growing up in the 1800/1900's -I was very taken with the poor child who had made a doll out of and old shoe - very inventive for the time! Set over 5 floors, lifts provided, some of the exhibitions are a bit tight for space. Even... More

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Preston, United Kingdom
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17 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

I came with my mum. It was very interesting and she love showing me all the toys she had n all the shows she watched. I liked all the collection. Very fun

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Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Brill saying all the toys going back a lot of years. Brings memory's back that for sure and grat for all ages. Staff are really friendly and helpful.

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Hillsboro
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Especially, if you've been raised (even for a short while) in the UK! First, the museum is FREE, as are all public museums in Britain. Also, it's on the High Street, which is a museum in itself. You are required to walk from the Castle to the Palace (that way is downhill! You can get a bus back up!). Here... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014 via mobile

Great for Adults and kids and adults who are still big kids inside! Lots to see and it's free, well worth a visit.

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Stockport
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

What a amazing place, so much packed in, so many memories, and glad to see more recent toys in the museum. Loads to see. Need to make it bigger to do justice to all the exhibits.

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Amble, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

This museum is free but you can offer a donation which is well worth it. Its a step back in time at all the old toys and is very deceiving at how big it is. Has much to offer and great for kids and adults.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

we visited this place after stumbling across it by chance on our day trip to edinburgh.it was great to go back in time and see things from my childhood,and beyond.it was a good experience,and even better that it was free.a great little tourist attraction.

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