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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 #68 of 207 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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West Midlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 NEW

Free entry and worth a look around to see how children lived and played in bygone days. Lots of toys and games from previous centuries. Very little from recent years though, so not too much I could relate too from my childhood (and I'm 64). Still, it was interesting. Myself, I preferred the Museum of Childhood at Sudbury Hall in... More

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Whitley Bay
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

My wife and I visited the museum on a day trip to Edinburgh, seeing all the toys especially the games reminded us of our times as children. A great museum with 5 floors of interesting exhibits and free as well. The only small criticism that we have is that my wife is partially sighted and had difficulty reading the descriptions... More

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Tanvald, Jablonec nad Nisou, Czech Republic
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Maybe it's me, but I was very much amazed by this museum. It has toilets and a little shop though, and several floors of toys and children's books. It brings you the ambience of the twenties

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Loved visiting this museum when i was a child brings back wonderful memories of visits to Edinburgh. Took my 9yr old on saturday and she loved it too. She had a ride on the rocking horse and put on her own puppet show. Loved showing her the old dolls and toys from our childhood and her grandparents and their parents... More

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Edinburgh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014 via mobile

I can never get enough of this lovely place, my 5 year old daughter loves it too. How can anyone give it a bad review its a MUSEUM not a playground. Maybe it's because I'm old fashioned I like all that kind of stuff.

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Lothians
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Friendly little place with a number of exhibits covering toys from the 19xx period. An interesting trip back to the past for older visitors and a chance to tell modern kids how life was before electronic gadgets took over. A chance to have a break from all the traditional history that surrounds the Royal Mile.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

A great collection of toys and childhood memorabilia. My wife and I were like a pair of parrots - "I used to have one of them" "and those"...... Well presented and well maintained. A great, free, attraction especially for those of a certain age (if you know what I mean).

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

Lovely find on the royal mile. It's a large collection of toys, in good contrition, all catalogued. Some games and a puppet area for hands on play. There is a toilet and a small shop. What would have enriched this attraction is some links with modern day childhood, also the toys all appear to be pre 1960's some toys from... More

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Orkney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

I visited the Museum of Childhood while on my way to the Our Dynamic Earth exhibition, as these two attractions are quite close together. I had no previous expectations of what the museum would be like, and it was a pleasant surprise to find that there is no entrance charge to visit the museum. Of course, donations are always very... More

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England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We love this place! We go every time we visit Edinburgh. ....it's free but donations are welcome and the things there are great. My little girl loves it and wanders round for ages......everyone will like it!

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