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Museum of Childhood

42 High Street | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1TB, Scotland
+44 131 529 4142
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Not impressed

Museum of Childhood is a free museum with a range of mostly old toys and clothes. Little context... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Oslo, Norway
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Great exhibit of all things childhood plus it is FREE! Only issue I had was the doll room, rather... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Claire M
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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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
Old Town
+44 131 529 4142
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Museum of Childhood is a free museum with a range of mostly old toys and clothes. Little context and historical information is given. I was not impressed. The potential is so much bigger for a museum of childhood in the middle of Edinburgh.

Thank FlightDeck-Norway
Reviewed 5 days ago

Great exhibit of all things childhood plus it is FREE! Only issue I had was the doll room, rather terrifying,

Thank Claire M
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Been heading here for years now, it's become a kind of family tradition when in Edinburgh. The children find it hilarious that toys were so basic, but still ask for their own as we leave. Our toddler finds some of the toys quite scary but...More

Thank 11Lexi11
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Maybe 5 floors of exhibits that bring back the past. Model trains, dolls, Lone Ranger stuff, pedal cars, bikes, gaames and more. Youll keep saying "remember those?".

Thank KEITH W. S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One can relive childhood memories. It is free entry. good fun. loved the old phones and kitchen set/ tea set.

Thank PriyaAnanthan
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I really enjoyed this museum, very nostalgic. Interesting building. Well worth a visit. And it is free!

Thank Christine P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Popped in here quite by chance and were amazed at how much there is to see and do. There are 5 different galleries to visit and we played snakes and ladders and draughts. Admission is free but you can give a donation as you leave....More

Thank Helen P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Walked past the museum and popped in as it was free. Was fun to spend a bit of time looking at the retro toys and sinister looking dolls from long ago. It's over a couple of floors which is cool and also great for rainy...More

1  Thank Sarah M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So interesting and well organised- a must for the children! And is true we did see something we recognised!

1  Thank Glenn S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I go here ever summer when looking for things to do with the kids . Free entry is always a plus. I will admit I like this place more than my kids do and find it strange to see some of my toys I played...More

1  Thank milk2sugar2000
Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its
labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests
this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly
visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers
that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the
place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as
the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal
Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the
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Can u eat your own food in museum and can u get there by public transport and is it free or do you have to pay can you send me some information about the museum please my address is 101 Coniston Heworth grange est Gateshead NE 10 o xd
25 May 2016|
Response from Acran | Reviewed this property |
There is noplace to eatin the place and i dont think you would be allowed to eat in there. It is free to get into
Is there a cafe in the museum
16 February 2015|
Response from napoleone1982 |
good morning the museum haven't a coffee shop
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