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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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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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Trip down memory lane and all for nothing!

Situated very centrally on the Royal Mile this is well worth a visit. We really enjoyed our visit taking a trip down memory lane along the way. Some delightful displays that will... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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Bridlington, United Kingdom
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Bridlington, United Kingdom
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95 reviews 95 reviews
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73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Situated very centrally on the Royal Mile this is well worth a visit. We really enjoyed our visit taking a trip down memory lane along the way. Some delightful displays that will have you all reminiscing and good for the children too very educational - all for free. Try to remember to take some small change for traditional games ob... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 via mobile

Enjoyable visit to this nostalgic little museum which was remarkably free whilst most other attractions cost. Made me smile when seeing toys I had myself and a great collection donated for visitors to enjoy.

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Spent a good hour here looking at toys from all decades. Not sure if it would be interesting for most young children but you never can tell. Seen some toys I use to have there. Staff were pleasant and able to answer questions . Free entry which is great .

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Suffolk, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

Well the museum is free, so I am not sure how it can all be the greatest. However, I thought it was quite a nice little museum. Our whole family enjoyed the visit and I would have at least paid a couple £ to enter. You probably only need an hour at most, and the plus is that it is... More 

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Gurgaon, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

As you burden your kids to learn history this is a great respite for them. The museum is a collection of toys for kids of all ages. Spread over a good space (vertically) they have tried to create an atmosphere for kids to learn about the history via toys. But because it has non-interactive element to it, I felt the... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

This Museum was one of the best I've visited. I had such a fun morning with a friend there, reminiscing about old times as we came across things we recognised, as well as learning new things about historical contexts, and items/practices from different countries. It may be termed the Museum of Childhood, but this is a museum for all ages.... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

I didn't enjoy my visit to the Museum of Childhood, it was really my thing. I would have liked to have seen more toys from my childhood (early 90s) or even from when my parents were kids, but the toys on display were mainly a lot older. Admission is free and being situated on the Royal Mile it is easy... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

A pleasantly peaceful, quiet museum with lots and lots of toys for kids of all ages. Ironically, young children might actually get bored after a while though.

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Dumfries, United Kingdom
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

What a delight this museum is for young and old - see your old toys & the ones your parents & your own children played with - beautifully displayed - it is free too but a charge would not deter people I would not think. A very memorable time.

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Lethbridge, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Very cute little museum filled with lots of interesting toys and things you can put money into to hear a song or see a little show. It is free to get in which is nice! It doesn't take long to get through, so it is definitely worth the time.

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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavored souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.