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Museum of Childhood

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Address: 42 High Street | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1TB, 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
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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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Great For Grown Ups!

Located on the High Street/Royal Mile, you will find a fascinating collection of toys from times gone by. The collection spans four floors and takes about an hour to go round... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Globetrotter6110
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Northwich, United Kingdom
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Northwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Located on the High Street/Royal Mile, you will find a fascinating collection of toys from times gone by. The collection spans four floors and takes about an hour to go round. The attraction is free, however, there is an option to leave a donation, should you wish to do so. We particularly liked the model railway display and the vintage... More 

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Northwich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Free museum and great to see the old toys from the 80's and earlier. Little toys for children to play with - but found it was not big enough as we just spent 30 mins - even with children!

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

when i was small we had some very interesting toys and i found them at this museum. what fun and so lovely to walk back down the road of time. lovely stuffed toys.

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Thank helen f
Scotland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a great wee museum; it's got very interesting collections and some really great interactive coin show machines which are good fun at least once. (That is if they actually work when you put your coin in, which they didn't every time.) There are plenty of well explained displays and lots of things that will make you go "Oh... More 

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Thank Kirsty S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

there are many toys from 1900's and later periods. It was very interesting experience for us. There are many types of toys and stories there. We were scared from the dolls in the room :) but ıt ıs more excited place for the people whose ages are below 40's because, the toys mostly from their childhood.

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Thank b. b
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is a great look into the history of childhood etc although its very tired and dated inside. Nothing really exciting

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Son recommended this to his Mam !, Young Swedish Girl was great ambassador and very informative. Some wonderful memories came back seeing the selection of toys, Great time looking around.

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Thank Nicklookalike
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

an average childhood Museum, very old selection, nothing under maybe 40 years old. But it's a good free activity on a rainy day

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Bangor, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a very pleasant way to spend a couple of hours. The exhibits can all remind older people of the way we lived and what we played with when young. Children also seemed fascinated by the exhibits. On several floors but there is a lift to assist. Lovely memories. Plus it's free to enter.

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is the stuff of nightmares and we left as soon as we could as we were convinced our souls would leave our bodies if we stayed too long. That being said the miniatures were fun to look at and there was a weird youtube room that was less spooky. If you enjoy niche museums you'll probably love this... More 

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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.
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