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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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12:00 pm - 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

Adults can indulge in a nostalgia-fest and children discover how their (not...

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 !

Nice little museum .Easy to find. Lots of lovely things to look at and remember !.Good selection in the gift shop.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday

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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Nice little museum .Easy to find. Lots of lovely things to look at and remember !.Good selection in the gift shop.

Thank thewandererreturns97
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited with our 7, 6 and 3 year old. They all enjoyed seeing what toys of the past were like. Unreal number of dolls in one of the galleries, freaked the kids out but still good to see!

Thank Garry K
Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom
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132 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This museum is brill for adults never mind kids. You cannot help remonetise your own childhood when visiting here, we both regularly were saying, "I can remember that" or "I had one of those". There are numerous exhibits and plenty of information available. Situated down the Royal Mile downhill and free entry, a must when in the area, aloow 1... More 

Thank Stephen W
Norfolk, Virginia
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36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

There is an extensive collection of historical toys in the museum, but there's only two levels. It didn't take me that long to go through the museum. I was also hoping for more information on the toys present and more historical context. I also thought there should be more modern day toys so one can compare them to the older... More 

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136 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I visited here in late January. It's free to get in and it's a good way to kill half an hour doing something different. It's not amazing but not awful. The staff are friendly and some of the exhibitions brought back fond memories. You should give it a go.

Thank Antony_of_Surrey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spend an hour in this museum reminiscing about our childhood toys! We enjoyed the different exhibitions!

Thank tashbash1976
Cavan, Ireland
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84 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's actually amazing how many things you remember when you're strolling around through this free attraction, very nostalgic, and well worth a visit.

Thank LSH L
Coventry, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lacks the range of all decades we were expecting. Very Victorian focused. Not very interactive little information on the exhibits Would have been disappointed if we'd had to pay for all of us to get in

Thank hgrifbell
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the museum this morning and enjoyed looking at old and up-to-date toys and gadgets. It's good to be free and have some history at no expense.

Thank Em C
Horsham, England, United Kingdom
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105 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great museum and amazing it's free. Its just the right size and I guarantee you will be submerged in nostalgia of your childhood

Thank 56RDG

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