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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 vacation generator to arrange your visit to Museum of Childhood and other attractions in Edinburgh.
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  • August 20, 2017
    What a great place to visit. Five floors of toys etc of yesteryear. A great trip down memory lane. Gosh I had one of those, was heard from many people. A place well worth visiting..  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    Really enjoyed this museum. Brought back some childhood memories. Young and old will love it. Remarkably it's free, although you can leave a well deserved donation.  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    We loved this museum, it amused adults and teenagers. It doesnt take long to wak round but it was lovely to see. Maybe they need to add more 70s toys to modern day to appeal more. Still not to be miss...  more »
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  • A great place to visit, our four kids loved it. Very interesting and interactive. Plus brilliant gift shop and customer service. Our son left his own toy there and we had to travel home to Southend the next day, the museum kindly posted the items back to us.
  • The Museum of Childhood was great. It's free and very interesting to see toys from my childhood and even before. It is a great museum for children and adults.
  • Great museum for kids and grownups alike. Excellent array of displays, with classic and international toys of all kinds. Informative and interactive. Free entrance. Well worth a visit.
  • Was interesting seeing some of the toys from my childhood. Its more of a nostalgic museum than a museum for children.
  • Lots of quaint old toys. Bargain. Kids enjoyed it.

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