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Museum of Childhood

42 High Street | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1TB, Scotland
+44 131 529 4142
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We stopped here to check out the "growing up with books" exhibit they had. The museum is not large... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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This museum is free but you can leave a donation and the staff are extremely friendly. What more do... read more

Reviewed 4 days 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 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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42 High Street | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1TB, Scotland
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We stopped here to check out the "growing up with books" exhibit they had. The museum is not large but has a great collection of toys, clothes, and other childhood memorabilia spread over several floors. This is a good stop to learn about growing up...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This museum is free but you can leave a donation and the staff are extremely friendly. What more do you need? The most museum is relatively small over three floors but is fairly interesting and worth a visit if you are on the royal mile.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a compact museum with not too many labels, and a few hands-on items in each gallery - great for kids. I went for the temporary (until Dec 2018, I think) exhibition of children's books, which was lovely. Oh, and it's free!!

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Reviewed 5 days ago

If you like history, then being located on the Royal Mile, Edinburgh is a place good for families. Explores exhibits dedicated to childhood throughout the ages over a few floors.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The name of the museum says it all. It contains all things pertaining to children. Not that big. Very well organized. Interesting displays, especially their doll collection.

Thank TravelinAlan
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Reviewed 1 week ago

As soon as I mentioned to my youngest "There's a Museum dedicated to child..." She talked over me about something else. Until the clockwork turned in her head and she asked "Museum of children?! Does it have stuffed children?!" She was desperate to go. As...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visiting this nice and cosy museum takes you back to your childhood: it’s very fascinating how many toys they have collected and very often during your visit you’ll find yourself saying: “I’ve had that toy when I was a kid” There’s also a little film...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Museum of Childhood is a collection of children's toys and playthings, It was the first museum in the world to specialise in the history of childhood. Last month with a group of friends visited here, It was ok not very much space for people...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped in here on a visit to Edinburgh and were glad we did. A great exhibit set over 5 different areas/displays covering toys going back all the way from the late 1800's to the present days including books, dolls, models, board games, costumes etc....More

Thank Kevin M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Situated in the heart of the old centre. It is free of charge but the museum is happy to get donations. A good overview of the evolution of childhood during the last century. A lot of toys bring you back to memory lane

Thank sas e
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stifardo
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.
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sandraannison54
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.
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