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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 #59 of 204 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

Great way to pass the time in Edinburgh. Entrance is free and you are guaranteed that moment where you go "oh my god I remember that, how old does that make me!" I wouldn't put this in the top if your to do list, but it's a great time filler.

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East Kilbride, Scotland
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97 reviews 97 reviews
54 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We went here during our visit to Edinburgh and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves spotting all the toys we could remember, brought back happy memories. Our granddaughter thoroughly the dressing up section.

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Northumberland
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

It's a lovely little museum - not mind blowing but worth seeing and it is free. A pleasant little nostalgia trip .

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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

We visited with our daughter's aged 9 and 4.5 years on 15th July. It has been a number of years since we visited, pre little daughter, but it does not seem to have changed at all during that time. Most items are behind closed cases. There are a few old entertainment machines that you can put coins into and they... More

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Pakenham, United Kingdom
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122 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

When the toys you played with as a child end up in a museum you know you are getting old! The museum on the Royal Mile has free entrance and will appeal to younger children as well as adults! Ideally I wished it was bigger, as there were a number of board games in particular, which could have been included... More

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Louisville, Kentucky
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I was really excited about this. But I was disappointed. The toys are old. Like from the 40s and older. There was nothing that I was remotely interested in seeing. I might have been a bit more interested if they were displayed better. The displays were laughable. I work in a museum so I know the time and effort that... More

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Moorpark, California
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277 reviews 277 reviews
162 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

In the interest of full disclosure, I should say that because I collect Victorian and Edwardian dolls, bears, furniture, buggies (you get the idea), we never, EVER pass up a museum that features those items. We've been in some great museums in numerous states and countries, but this is a cut above. It's fabulous! I mean fabulous!!! It's a huge,... More

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Oslo, Norway
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62 reviews 62 reviews
22 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

After reading the reviews on TripAdvisor of this museum, our expectations were quite high. Toy history is on display in many cities around the world, and we have seen quite a few, but this exhibition is quite frankly a waste of time. Many of the shelves and toys are incredibly dusty as well. If your personal interest is dolls, you... More

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Halifax, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Great little place to visit with some very interesting old toys and games. Really nice to wander around and it's free! Although we did donate a little as it is definitely worth spending money on.

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Ireland
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Have been going here for years - since I was a child & still love it. Would highly recommend it for children of all ages & the young at heart, a great trip down memory lane!

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