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Museum of Childhood, Edinburgh

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The first museum in the world to specialize in childhood, Museum of Childhood hosts a collection ranging from the 18th to the 21st century. Take a trip down memory lane and learn about children from generations past through toys and games. Though there is a focus on play, school, clubs, clothing, health, and holidays are also covered. Children can entertain themselves with hands-on activities, including a puppet theater and dress-up area. Indulge your nostalgia and visit the museum’s shop to bring home your own old-fashioned toy. The museum doesn’t have its own cafe, but there are plenty of cafes, restaurants, and pubs nearby. Use our Edinburgh trip planner to arrange your visit to Museum of Childhood and other attractions in Edinburgh.
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  • Another interesting visit of Edinburgh, where you can see wide variety of toys and games for all ages. Although it is not essential it is highly recommended since it is also free.
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  • If you are in Edinburgh visit this museum as its well worth a visit and its free. Good mixture of toys displayed over 3 levels.  more »
  • I really don't see how people can write negatively about this free attraction. It had a really nice layout, filled with lots of trips down memory lane and blasts from the past. Unlike most museums whi...  more »
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  • Went May bank holiday 2018 with two young kids. I think best description is "it's OK". Perhaps a place for adults to reminisce rather than somewhere to entertain young children. There were a few toys in some of the galleries but missing pieces let things down a little. Shame.
  • Well worth a visit. Free to enter and enjoy. Not a very large building so you can go round it in an hour but still some nice things to stir your memories of your own childhood perhaps. Only a 10 minute walk from the large "traditional" museum in Chambers Street.
  • This is an awesome museum. They tell stories about kids in past and their education, toys, clothes and many of interesting things. Or is about 5 floors and in each floor there is a number of sections represent one thing such as toys. The museum offer old clothes for visitors to try them out. Additionally, there is a gifts shop.
  • This place is truly amazing for children and adults alike. Five floors full of toys and games from all periods of history. Every exhibit is lovingly displayed and evokes memories of your childhood. Some of these toys will probably never be seen anywhere else and it is amazing how they have amassed such a collection. I lived it here.
  • What a wonderful place to visit, whilst visiting this beautiful city. This museum has a lot to offer, and it does not take long to view the exhibits. So this will not delay your visit to other points of interest in Edinburgh. This museum will bring your childhood memories to life. Enjoy
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