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Museum of Childhood

42 High Street | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1TB, Scotland
+44 131 529 4142
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Visited here with mum and boyfriend.....we did not have a lot of time, and only managed to see the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Not to be missed - excellent!

A thoroughly enjoyable nostalgic experience! We were really impressed by the variety of things on... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Birmingham, 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 2 days ago via mobile

Visited here with mum and boyfriend.....we did not have a lot of time, and only managed to see the first wee level.....I loved what I seen and I will definitely return next time I am in Edinburgh to see the rest.

Thank Carrieeee
Reviewed 6 days ago

A thoroughly enjoyable nostalgic experience! We were really impressed by the variety of things on display - something for almost everyone. It was a pleasant surprise to find that the museum was free - but if you do visit, please leave a donation as it...More

Thank 862linda
Reviewed 1 week ago

You would almost miss it if you didn't know it was there. We were there with a pushchair so could only see half of the museum with that. The second half is just stairs with no lift on that side so carried out baby to...More

Thank aldo1105
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came here specially when on holiday as I have visited many times as a child and absolutely loved it. However now the place seems dated and tatty with mismatched exhibits. Their Facebook page mentions 1970-80s toys that were nowhere to be found. All in...More

Thank Minky94
Reviewed 1 week ago

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...More

Thank teresamsilva
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came across this place by accident while walking up the Royal Mile, it was only because the sign said it was free that we went in for a look. They have 2 floors of various old and antique toys on display but it's not...More

Thank teamenglish
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great free Museum to visit on High Street, Made even better if there's a few different generations visiting, There's toys in there that everyone will remember playing with.

Thank sjn32
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum itself is a bit of a hotch-potch and not in tip top condition, and the lift only takes you to galleries 1,2 and 3. If you want to go to 4 and 5, there are two or four flights of stairs to climb....More

Thank hfulton32
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First off, yes in places it's a little tired, but the range and breadth of artefacts is good. You'll hear a lot of "i used to have one like that". There is a collection of rather creepy Victorian dolls and when we visited an exhibition...More

Thank FlorianFY
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I may be going against the trend here but after experiencing much of what Edinburgh has to offer as a whole, I felt that this place was a bit of a let-down. First and foremost it is free, so perhaps my rating is a little...More

Thank PhilipCJ
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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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
16 February 2015|
Response from napoleone1982 |
good morning the museum haven't a coffee shop
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