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Museum of Childhood

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Neighborhood: Cowgate
Specialty museums, Museums
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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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brings back times gone by

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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Dudley, United Kingdom
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Dudley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW 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 NEW

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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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

If you visit this museum and you are old enough, you will even recognize some of the old toys that are being shown in this museum! Most of them you probably won't, but it's amazing that even after many year, a lot of toys still look very interesting to play nowadays! I liked the touch of having a small room... More 

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Grimsby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

This place is fascinating ,there is lots to see and it brings to mind so many things one had forgotten about. The dolls exhibition was amazing nearly every doll imaginable.The museum is a lot bigger than it looks from outside.There are clothes for children to dress up in and other hands on stuff for them to play with.

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Forfar, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Came here to pass some time and was very impressed. The toys and dolls from different era's were very impressive but wish there had been some things from more recent times i.e. 80s and 90s as it seemed very Victorian based

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Sunderland, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Me and my Mam were quite surprised at how big the museum was as it doesn't look like much from the outside. We found it very interesting looking at the toys from different ages and we spent quite a bit of time here.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

I visited the museum with my grown up daughter and enjoyed the experience very much. The museum looks quite small from the outside but it has plenty to see inside on several floors. It was a very nostalgic visit for us both, spotting toys from our own childhood. The doll and teddy collection was wonderful and definitely my favourite. Everything... More 

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limerick, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

good value, very interesting for any age group, good location and viewing times to fit tourist schedule

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Indeed one of the best places to come if ur older. to remember ur childhood. nowadays kids wouldnt even know for most of the toys in this museum. Will visit it again, all the best for the staff.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Its another free museum to visit just for a short trip at Royal Mile. Exhibits toys mainly more than 100 years old.....but interesting.Theres huge doll and doll house collection. Most interesting part was the gallery displaying the kids party and costumes. There are free toilets and its nice to spend some in the rainy day.

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