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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 #53 of 156 Attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, 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...
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children

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London, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

This was a nice place to spend an hours, for children there are a lot of games to see. Adults will be tansported back to their childhoods, and children will be amazed on what to see.

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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

A fabulous museum, on The Royal Mile, and an absolute must for any tourist. It's free to get in, and is much bigger than it looks from the outside. Adults will be transported back to their childhoods, and children will be amazed to see toys, games and dolls from times gone by. Simply brilliant!

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

The museum of Childhood is a fun day out for young and old. For the children their are a lot of fun toys to play with and for the some what older people this is pure nostalgia. When visiting Edinburgh, it is worth a visit. Located on the Royal Mile it isn't hard to find either!

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Johnson City, New York, United States
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

This is a great place to spend an hour or so - takes you back to the toys your mother either gave away or threw out and which are now of course antique and very collectible. I had a garage with a load of 50's cars and also model airplanes - many of which I viewed here. o:( o:) A... More 

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North Yorkshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Have visited Edinburgh many times but only heard of this Museum from a friend. On a ladies Xmas day out we spent an interesting hour viewing all the exhibits. Many items we all remembered playing with or owning. Brought many many memories for us all majority happy but a few sad ones. The staff were visible but did not intrude.... More 

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Get away from the seas of tartan and fake scottishness and check out something a bit different. Wide range of toys and games. Relive your childhood - can you find an example of a toy you had yourself?

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

A three story museum full of childhood toys, board games and sport equipment. Entrance is free of charge. I really enjoyed this museum.

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Dublin, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

A little outdated for my age range, I didn't recognise anything, but enjoyable and close enough to other attractions to pop into as its free.

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West Bromwich, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

The museum is on the Royal mile and ok to while away an hour. Expected to re discover some of my childhood toy games/memories,but didn't find many. The museum has a lot of Victorian era toys,and a few from the 20th century,but if old doll's houses,dolls,teddy bears etc of a bygone era are your thing then give it a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Loved seeing the collection of toys, and whilst going around hearing people say "I had that". Some of the mannequins/exhibits are a bit freaky, but on the whole worth a visit.

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