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Museum of Childhood, Edinburgh
(3.8/5 based on 850+ reviews on the web)
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 vacation generator to arrange your visit to Museum of Childhood and other attractions in Edinburgh.
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  • Came here for a little wander and was surprised to see quite a big collection of childhood memorabilia. It's housed in a small building, but quite cosy. There are 5 small galleries, which are all diff...  more »
  • Love this place. It's on the Royal mile and it's free. The toys bring back good memories of toys I had as a kid in the 60's. It also has toys from other decades. There is a shop that also sells toys t...  more »
  • We almost bypassed this place, but so glad we didn't, it was a real treat. My daughter loved seeing the old toys, and for us adults it was a real trip down memory lane. We particularly liked the dolls...  more »
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  • Brilliant place for both young and old. I took my 4 year old daughter and she loved it.
  • A small collection that is free (donations highly recommended) showing toys from the past and a big more. Doesn't take too long to explore but can be interesting for families. It's supported by volunteers and is due to be refurbished / revised soon (consultation underway).
  • Great step back in time as you, parents and grand parents fondly remember the toys on display this should be a treasured venue for the city
  • Free and much bigger than I would have thought. Well worth a look.
  • A lovely little museum on the Royal Mile with a large collection of toys from the last 100 or so years. My 2 star rating though is unfortunately the place is as dated as the toys!! I first experienced the Museum of Childhood 20+ years ago and today the layout is the exact same, even if the displays were moved around the 5 galleries to give it a fresh feel and a fresh coat of paint or to start introducing newer toys from the 80s and 90s, toys that I would of played with. Some that my kids would find historic. I know this place is FREE to enter and they will rely solely on volunteers and donations from the public just to keep the place running but it is just not as enjoyable to walk around anymore.