Museum of Childhood
Museum of Childhood
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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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighborhood: 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.
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  • J B
    London, United Kingdom68 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great small free museum for an interesting hour or two
    Popped in for a couple of hours with our kids aged 6 and 3 who enjoyed the interactive exhibits. NB: The museum is over a few floors and the lift is out of order. There were loads of interesting and nostalgic exhibits to look at did kids and adults.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 1, 2023
  • DunelmArts
    Aberdeen, United Kingdom1,125 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nostalgic toys
    This small museum explores aspects of British childhood from the 1800s to the present day. The museum comprises display boards, some interactive games and a selection of toys. If you're of a certain age, you'll recognise the Chopper bike, Mousetrap and junior Scrabble games and Tiny Tears doll. Free entry, worth a look if you're passing.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 2, 2023
  • IvanG
    Deganwy, United Kingdom431 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Nostalgic Experience
    A great little museum that's free, although a £5 donation is suggested. It's a great place to spend an hour away from the hustle and bustle of the Royal Mile. You'll see toys from your childhood and it's all very nostalgic. Friendly staff and lovely clean toilets too! Recommended.
    Visited September 2023
    Written September 9, 2023
  • Emma W
    Tuakau, New Zealand19 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cute little trip down memory lane
    Lovely little museum of childhood memories. We had an hour to kill before our reservation at local restaurant so popped in. I can see people have reviewed quote badly but for a free/donation I was really pleased with the place. Was cool to show our 7 year old some of our childhood toys.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 7, 2024
  • MrsC
    31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quirky museum on the royal mile
    Small museum located on The Royal Mile, we decided to visit as we had a bit of spare time before we needed to go home. Interesting place with lots of old toys and some interactive elements for children to play with. Gift shop was a little over priced, but it's free entry to the museum.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 20, 2024
  • silje H
    57 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quaint little place
    I visited on a solo trip. Love that it is free admission. When I came in, I loved it, but there wasn't enough big information if you were not from Scotland. Much of the info can be tricky to find and a little hard to see what is belonging to what. One room had just some random dolls. The interactive bits are really cool.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written February 29, 2024
  • Tracy R
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit for a couple of hours.
    Great little place for an hour or two. Good disabled access. Helpful and friendly staff. Shame some of it was closed or being referbished on this occasion. I'd have liked to see the whole thing. Interactive and engaging for children and adults alike.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 30, 2024
  • Alisdair Gray
    Lanark, United Kingdom247 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice museum for nostalgia
    Friendly museum with a lot of quirky exhibits. Grandson enjoyed himself and played with a lot of the attractions, but felt there could have been more hands on experiences for him. I adored the video game section. Spectrum +2 and the Game boy brought back memories. Staff were great. Helpful and friendly. Free admission is great, but please give a donation so that this place can continue to entertain kids of all ages.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 11, 2024
  • Waddler
    York, United Kingdom11,173 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pleasant way to escape the rain
    Its free entry - so needs to be considered in that context. Whilst having four floors the floors are small so there's limited amount of stuff here, but it was slightly more interactive than I was expecting, particularly on the ground floor where there was a small book collection to read, dressing up and a couple of games to play etc. I probably wouldn't come unless you've got a child who wants to escape the rain, but its a pleasant enough way of doing so.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 6, 2024
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J B
London, UK68 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Popped in for a couple of hours with our kids aged 6 and 3 who enjoyed the interactive exhibits. NB: The museum is over a few floors and the lift is out of order. There were loads of interesting and nostalgic exhibits to look at did kids and adults.
Written June 1, 2023
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DunelmArts
Aberdeen, UK1,125 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
This small museum explores aspects of British childhood from the 1800s to the present day. The museum comprises display boards, some interactive games and a selection of toys. If you're of a certain age, you'll recognise the Chopper bike, Mousetrap and junior Scrabble games and Tiny Tears doll. Free entry, worth a look if you're passing.
Written August 2, 2023
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Alan D
Perth, UK788 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
If you find you and the family in the old town,high street it is worth while a visit to the museum of childhood.
The museum is full of thing from the past childhoods of grand parents and long before that.
I still remember going with my Grand mother and aunt how lived in near by Abbey Hill.
Written February 12, 2020
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MrsC
31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Small museum located on The Royal Mile, we decided to visit as we had a bit of spare time before we needed to go home. Interesting place with lots of old toys and some interactive elements for children to play with. Gift shop was a little over priced, but it's free entry to the museum.
Written February 21, 2024
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silje H
57 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
I visited on a solo trip. Love that it is free admission. When I came in, I loved it, but there wasn't enough big information if you were not from Scotland. Much of the info can be tricky to find and a little hard to see what is belonging to what. One room had just some random dolls. The interactive bits are really cool.
Written February 29, 2024
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IvanG
Deganwy, UK431 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023
A great little museum that's free, although a £5 donation is suggested. It's a great place to spend an hour away from the hustle and bustle of the Royal Mile. You'll see toys from your childhood and it's all very nostalgic. Friendly staff and lovely clean toilets too! Recommended.
Written September 9, 2023
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Matilda
United Kingdom27 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
We visited about 2 weeks ago. When we arrived we found staff to be disinterested. They told us the 2 floors were shut because of covid.
We had a wander around and were very disappointed.
We were only in for 10 or 15 mins. It was dark and dingy .
We were so disappointed and would not recommend.
Written July 15, 2023
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775Antony
London, UK93 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
this is an interesting museum that is free (hurrah!) but don't count of spending too much time there. Yes, there are some little toys and artifacts that took my wife and I down memory lane, but all-in-all I don't think the displays are big enough. It didn't help that the whole of Gallery 2 (the Toys) was closed.
It's worth a 30 minute peruse whilst on the Royal Mile.
Written February 24, 2020
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WhatAboutThisPlace
7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Family
This is a nice, little (free!) museum to visit if you're already passing. Very interesting to step back in time and see all the different toys from the past. The room full of dolls is creepy but fascinating! There aren't many toys from the 80's or 90's so unfortunately it isn't a trip down memory lane for me as it might be for some. I wouldn't go out of my way to visit, but if I'm on the Royal Mile with some time to kill, I do pop in.
Written August 4, 2020
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Waddler
York, UK11,173 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Its free entry - so needs to be considered in that context.

Whilst having four floors the floors are small so there's limited amount of stuff here, but it was slightly more interactive than I was expecting, particularly on the ground floor where there was a small book collection to read, dressing up and a couple of games to play etc.

I probably wouldn't come unless you've got a child who wants to escape the rain, but its a pleasant enough way of doing so.
Written May 6, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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