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Museum of Childhood

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Neighborhood: Cowgate
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Address: 42 High Street | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1TG, Scotland
Phone Number: 0131 529 4142
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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
Fee: No
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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Interesting and free

Museum is 5 floors in all, it a collection of childhood toys from the 50s onward. Some my mum recognised, some I did, there a bit of everything. Its free so there's no reason not... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
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dundee scotland
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dundee scotland
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Museum is 5 floors in all, it a collection of childhood toys from the 50s onward. Some my mum recognised, some I did, there a bit of everything. Its free so there's no reason not to pop in, it on the mile. Would need an hour to an hour and a half minimum. We stayed an hour and managed to... More 

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Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

What a place. Five floors of toys / games etc, well presented and plenty of things to remember from childhood days - no matter what your age! There is no charge for the museum and it is worthy of a visit - you will not be disappointed. Located on the Royal Mile and in my opinion, a must see.

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

I'm only in my 20s but some of the items in this museum were nostalgic even for me! There are a number of different collections under different themes; for example dolls, transport, games, etc. and it was a lot of fun looking at all the different toys and how things have changed. Small museum, but really enjoyed our time here.

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Montrose, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This is a good museum with plenty to see and not very far from Waverley Station, there's plenty to see from all decades of childhood though aimed more at those of the 40's, 50's and 60's it was still enjoyable if your interested in historic toys. I'll certainly be back sometime

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

Myself and three friends visited last weekend and it was a lovely experience. With it being FREE ENTRY, there's nothing at all to complain about. There's a lot to look at and even some "hands on things" for the kids (we had a go too!!). Set over a few floors with toys rangimg from pre 1900's to modern day toys.... More 

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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

This museum is over three floors and is full of history. There are some interactive exhibits. It entertained the 2 kids and me for nearly 2 hours. Its a free attraction, donations accepted.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Found this by accident as walking the Royal mile....before we knew it we had spent 1hr half walking around the Museum. Free with a small contribution if wanted this is an excellent opportunity to relive your childhood memories and all the toys,games and activities. Really enjoyable morning will definitely be back.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

It takes you back with old games, toys, comics and cars, nostalgic. Plenty to see on several levels.

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Dudley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 via mobile

This is a brilliant place to recall the yester years if your over 3 decades old. See items you had when you were a child and tell children what it was like and show them the simpler things in life. Non of the electronic gadgets and internet we had boardgames and dolls!! As this is a free exhibit it worth... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Free entrance and lots to see. There is a variety of items and quite a few floors to cover. The dolls room I must admit is frightening, I think it's the sheer volume of faces looking at you. Admittingly some of the exhibits are old but they're a part of history and surely are there to show how things used... More 

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