Museum of Childhood

Museum of Childhood, Edinburgh: Address, Phone Number, Museum of Childhood Reviews: 4/5

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.
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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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WhatAboutThisPlace
7 contributions
Fascinating
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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Curious
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Great little find
Mar 2020
It was nostalgic to come here and relive your childhood memories. It’s free to enter and easy to access!
Written March 29, 2020
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Anu
United Kingdom896 contributions
Relive Childhood Memories
Feb 2020
Fun museum for families and children with several hands-on exhibits for kids to enjoy.
Takes a trip down memory lane back to our childhood days.
Lovingly displays all sorts of old toys.
Adults will also enjoy the museum for the history in the place too.
It's also free.
Written March 8, 2020
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Thomas M
Offenbach, Germany4,032 contributions
Very Fine Attraction in Tandem with Sudbury Hall
Feb 2020
The Museum of Childhood is located on the grounds of Sudbury Hall (in the former stables of that mansion) - and if you're visiting the stately mansion, it certainly makes sense to include the museum in your tour. It covers two floors of various aspects of childhood (and the history thereof), but mostly focuses on toys of the past 200 years. And there are plenty! If you're at all interested in historic toys, you will find hundreds of those: Dolls, doll houses, board games ... anything, really. Some of them are so elaborate and precious you wouldn't let your own, or anyone's, kids play with them. It will probably cost you about an hour to sample the many exhibits, and while the place can feel a tad cramped (especially with that multitude of real-life little critters running about), it's a worthwhile addition to the main attraction, Sudbury Hall. Having said that, the price (even of the combined ticket) is a bit steep (hence, -1 star). I paid UKP 18.30 for an adult ticket to both places. You can unwind at a rather nice attached café, though when the place is busy, that one will be, too. Very helpful and friendly volunteers from National Trust running about. Unless you go there by car, take the hourly 401 bus from nearby Tutbury.
Written February 27, 2020
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775Antony
London, UK78 contributions
Cool little trips down memory lane
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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Marc R
Aberdeenshire, UK44 contributions
Childhood museum
Feb 2020 • Family
We went in here after being told it was brilliant but we were quite disappointed. There is several rooms with themes for the toys on display but I felt it was very samey. Lack-age of toys from the 80/90s. It was good for free admission (Donations)
Written February 20, 2020
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Kit T
38 contributions
Disappointing and insignificant
Feb 2020
Popped in here on a rainy afternoon. To be honest, it's what I expected. It is free admission and the staff are friendly. However, the exhibits and the information is hotch-potch, disorganised and it kind of just feels like a display of random toys in the back of a shop.

Would not recommend.
Written February 19, 2020
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JoandKeith
London, UK67 contributions
Nostalgic and interesting - definitely go!
Feb 2020 • Couples
This museum is quite small - only 5 rooms, but they are packed with nostalgia, good memories and some interesting artefacts. It was really interesting to consider the link between how childhood develops a persons identity and the link between play and learning.
Written February 15, 2020
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GraD
Gifford, UK6 contributions
Great place for adults & children to explore
Feb 2020 • Family
Great museum, with lots to see and really keeps the kids attention. Interactive elements are good as well.
Written February 13, 2020
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Alan D
Perth, UK812 contributions
PERFECT PLACE FOR ALL THE FAMILY - Museum of Childhood
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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