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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 #62 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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Airdrie, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

I was a bit disappointed I. this museum, I thought the displays were really quite dirty and needed an upgrade. it was free maybe if they charged something they could improve it

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

Erm, this makes one feel ones age!! There were a lot of exhibits that I can recall from my childhood although thankfully there was a lot much older. Gave a view of times gone by. Nice touch - there were hands on activities for younger visitors.

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Rochdale, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

Museum of Childhood is situated on the Royal Mile just down, on the same side, from the Cathedral. It is a small museum on 2 floors (lift and ‘pram park’ are available). It mostly consists of memorabilia of toys, school equipment, games etc from bygone times. Due to the rare and fragile nature of many of the exhibits most of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Reading some of the reviews on here a few people have said that they thing this museum is for 'young people' - I completely disagree with this! Its a nice museum with lots of different toys through the ages. Staff were happy to answer all the questions we had. Definitely worth going back. I think t is one of those... More

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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

A friend who has visited Edinburgh many, many times told me that this is her favourite museum of anywhere. My husband and I, on our first visit to Edinburgh, had a free afternoon - it was raining and we were wandering down The Royal Mile - so we thought we'd go in. Am pleased to say that entrance is free... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

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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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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