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Museum of Childhood

42 High Street | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1TB, Scotland
+44 131 529 4142
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Lovely museum

Lovely museum to visit with or without children. Toys, games, and clothing from many generations... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
tampacubana2015
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Tampa, Florida
Hello Dolly

The Museum of Childhood is a small museum on the Royal Mile. The first museum in the world... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
LUCKY J
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New York City, New York
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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
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Lovely museum to visit with or without children. Toys, games, and clothing from many generations are presented in engaging displays. Free admission, but donated suggested.

Thank tampacubana2015
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The Museum of Childhood is a small museum on the Royal Mile. The first museum in the world dedicated to the history of childhood. The Museum display antiques toys and games and has a room dedicated to the creepiest dolls on earth. Jolly Chriss.

Thank LUCKY J
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a splendid museum, sent us right back in time to childhood. Lot to see in the museum, well worth look.

Thank richard c
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited here today, it's a free museum. We only popped in out of curiosity and didn't know what to expect. My three year old had a really great time. There were toys and things to try on every level, which kept her thoroughly entertained....More

1  Thank Foodiegirl2017
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went as a pair with one being a history masters student and the other a general person. We found the museum interesting and clearly laid out. One of us (general person) really enjoyed it as it was more visual than information, but the history...More

Thank freshpowandveggies
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Reviewed April 29, 2018 via mobile

I have not been in here for years . What a great trip down memory lane. I had an enjoyable visit. Looking at old toys. It is a great look at the past. It is free to go in they ask for a donations. Only...More

Thank Rhonda D
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Reviewed April 29, 2018 via mobile

Went to visit the museum after it’s revamp and seeing tweets about it. What a disappointment. The revamp only covers the entrance area, the other galleries are the same. Very poor interpretation for example in the model railway area everything shown was static. Surely the...More

1  Thank Jan F
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Reviewed April 22, 2018

This place brought back so many memories of childhood. An amazing collection of toys and things that kept kid enthralled for years before the blight of xboxes and such. Allow, at the very least, an hour.

Thank Mel L
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Reviewed April 15, 2018 via mobile

Worth a look; this museum is free to visit, donations obviously welcome, and is a must see. Great layout, lots to see and do. Very friendly staff and a pleasure to visit.

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Reviewed April 10, 2018

I've been coming here maybe once a year for a few years, bringing visitors with me. It's free and fun. It did have a makeover but it seems like that was only on the ground floor. In and out in 10 minutes but if your...More

Thank Vicky L
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stifardo
December 10, 2017|
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Response from Joe N | Reviewed this property |
As of December 8, website says it is "now closed for renovation and will reopen Spring 2018." You could call or send an email but it looks like the museum will be closed on Dec. 17.
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sandraannison54
May 25, 2016|
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Response from Joe N | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can get there by public transportation and yes it is free. However, as of Dec 2017, the museum website notes that it is closed until spring, 2018.
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