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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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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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A very good collection that evokes great memories.

This is a very comprehensive collection of childhood toys and memorabilia that spans sufficient generations to have something for everybody. Spread over 5 different rooms it is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 25, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Some interesting things among the collection but I think it's more of a serious toy fanatics kind of place, interesting to see some of the toys children played with years ago but one of those places where u just glance around for a bit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Ah!!! How this place brings back memories! Absolutely wonderful. Street sounds, street music, and of course all those wonderful toys. Take your kids and they will see a world without iPads, mobile phones, computer games. When the only limits were your imagination!!!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

I've wanted to visit this museum for a long time. My first impression was it looked interesting but was quickly disappointed. Most of the exhibits are from a childhood in the 50s with only some more modern items. There were things I expected which were not there. Some important things which we only just touched on. For example Action Man... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Museum of Childhood is situated down the Royal Mile, Edinburgh and is a very enjoyable place to visit, especially for children. It is very easy to reach as it is in the centre of Edinburgh.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

I came to the Museum of Childhood on a Monday afternoon in the middle of June with my one year old and five year old daughters. It has been a long time since I visited this museum and I think my expectations were a little too high. Pros - staff couldn't be nicer or more helpful, great to look back... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 via mobile

What a great idea. They have put together a great collection of what kids were playing with throughout the last century. Everything is arranged chronologically. If you are passing by, drop in even if only for 15 minutes. Its free.Why not? Well worth a nosey.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

This is a very comprehensive collection of childhood toys and memorabilia that spans sufficient generations to have something for everybody. Spread over 5 different rooms it is well put together and certainly worth a slow, reflective wander down memory lane. Well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Would recommend a visit to anyone who's interesting in the history of Edinburgh and childrens history of toys and play things from our youth and even further back than that! Steeped in history and easy to get round. Free entry and people on hand to help you navigate your way. Lovely time reminiscing. Will visit again..

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015 via mobile

A wonderful visit today, a fantastic collection, thoroughly enjoyed the trip down memory lane and beyond.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

While it was interesting to see all sort of different toys throughout history and how they've evolved, I don't think I was quite old enough to see much of anything that brought back much nostalgia. If you grew up in the 90's or later, it's just a little too soon for a "history" of your childhood, but it's was still... More 

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Address: Address: 42 High Street | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1TG, Scotland
Phone Number: 0131 529 4142
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavored souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.