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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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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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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  • Great place to return to our own childhood. Although I'm from the 90's, I recognised some toys that are not in use anymore. My mother loved the visit, because she remembered so many child plays from her time. It's a must see in Edinburgh. The staff is so attentive and nice. There are so many types of toys and will certainly be a unique experience for children and adults!
  • Good little bit of fun and it's free! There are some amazing machines that you can put in a little money in to get working. There is a set of toys for someone.
  • Free and worth a visit, has toys going back generations so everyone should recognise something from when they grew up.
  • 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.

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