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Museum of Childhood

42 High Street | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1TG, Scotland (Cowgate)
0131 529 4142
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Ranked #66 of 209 Attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

its a lovely experience to revisit your childhood. Museum has everything about childhood from early 1900s to 2000. You will have to look for this place as its not advertised, its on royal mile after radisson blu hotel towards parliament on right side of road.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

I am torn by this place because I can see the huge historical importance of preserving these gems of childhood and while a few things, mostly the dolls houses, we're genuinely amazing we thought it was badly designed. They have 'sectioned' it by type of toy rather than by the era or even decade they were in use which would... More

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Toronto, Canada
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77 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

There is not much in the travel literature on this museum located on the main Royal mile walk. It is a charming museum with collections that rival any toy museum in the world. Be sure to put your 10p into the Sweeney Todd machine.

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Airdrie, Scotland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Great visit with lots of great memories and toys I had forgotten about. Only disappointment was there is no cafe or small tearoom. There was a wee shop that had some lovely stock and our small group did spend time and money in there.

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Scotland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

This is an interesting place to spend half an hour or so. Lots of dolls in one room, which are a bit creepy. Some interesting stuff and a dress up area for younger children. Take some 5p's and 10p's, you'll need them to fully experience some of the exhibits!

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

I loved this museum; full of memories, toys, childhood moments, and history. I got a lot of amusement out of the Porcelain doll section. Would definitely recommend ! :)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014 via mobile

First of all it's free, so you can't really complain. Secondly places like this we need to keep open because they are a massive part of our history. There are many different floors offering different toys, I would thoroughly recommend anyone with a spare hour to come here if they are visiting Edinburgh. Leave the bottom floor till last though... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

The whole family enjoyed everything at this museum. The highlight was 'Shooting the Moon' and getting our 10p back.

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N Yorks
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This is a feast of delight for all ages. "Oldies" are immediately taken back to their childhood days with the vast amount of toys, games and memorabilia on view over 4 floors. Children are amazed at the sheer wonder of it all. I think it was my favourite of all the museums of this type that I have seen elsewhere.... More

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Warrnambool
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

I expected to see more toys from my childhood but mostly it seemed to me to be dolls, dolls house and train sets (which obviously thrilled a man beside me who obviously really, really loved train sets). Pop in if you're walking by and have an hour to spare but don't expect to be amazed.

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