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Museum of Childhood

Closed Now: 10:00 - 17:00
Open today: 10:00 - 17:00
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Great little museum

Small museum but great to remember toys from the past and for my daughter to see where the toys she... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Very good

A very educational experience. I would recommend going but there isn’t very many interactive... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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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...more
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42 High Street | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1TB, Scotland
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+44 131 529 4142
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All reviews trip down memory lane royal mile dolls houses rocking horse free entry free attraction several floors all ages worth a visit on display great collection high street gift shop rainy day great place to visit couple of hours exhibits
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely worth a visit .. brings back memories of childhood such great fun. Great way for today's children to see toys and games of the past.

Thank sunshineandsunsets14
Reviewed 1 week ago

Another great free Edinburgh museum. Quite easy going with lots of exhibits that either open your eyes to childhood of years gone by or have you pointing a a toy going, "I had one of those". Well worth a few hours of your time.

Thank barnum42
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum is free ! It’s amazing . My 2 young boys had loads of fun . And it was fun to see old toys . Loads of interaction station for the kids too . Staff were friendly in the shop . Well worth a...More

Thank Rachel B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We popped in here for just under an hour and we are so glad we did. Lovely to see so many toys and to teach the children about some of things we used to play with. Was also lovely to sit and play! An absolute...More

Thank Rachel E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is fascinating . Lots of toys both pre and from our childhood. It captures the innocence of children and how we have developed as people over the decades, from spinning tops to a techno era.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Small museum but great to remember toys from the past and for my daughter to see where the toys she plays with today originated from .

Thank frannyfoo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A very educational experience. I would recommend going but there isn’t very many interactive things. There is a very good video shown and transcripts for the hard of hearing.

Thank Adventurer829439
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

It's well laid out in an old tenement stair with rooms off. There are lots of information boards up and some interactive stuff. Lots for kids to see and do and there were two parties of noisy primary age kids doing just that when we...More

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Reviewed 9 October 2018 via mobile

Having a little while to kill, and remembering having enjoyed visiting as a child myself, I took my two daughters (6 & 7) for a wander round. I was hugely disappointed. Very little interactivity, almost everything is behind glass and there is almost nothing from...More

Thank Mark O
Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

As you walk along the Royal Mile it’s worth an hour to walk around this museum (it’s free) and on 4 floors but there is elevators. The doll house had a super selection

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10 December 2017|
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Response from Joe N | Reviewed this property |
As of December 8, website says it is "now closed for renovation and will reopen Spring 2018." You could call or send an email but it looks like the museum will be closed on Dec. 17.
25 May 2016|
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Response from Joe N | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can get there by public transportation and yes it is free. However, as of Dec 2017, the museum website notes that it is closed until spring, 2018.