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Museum of Childhood

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Address: 42 High Street | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1TG, Scotland
Phone Number:
+44 131 529 4142
10:00 - 17:00
Closed now
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No

Adults can indulge in a nostalgia-fest and children discover how their (not...

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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Wonderful trip down memory lane for the adults and the children enjoyed too!

We stumbled upon this museum completely by chance and were so thrilled to find such a lovely museum on a wet, grey day. Our 9 and 11 year old were interested to find out about... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It's free!! Take a step back to your own childhood I found myself remarking many times 'I had one of them' I think I got more pleasure than the grandchildren albeit they did show great interest. Worth a pop in.

Thank Jan P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved visiting this museum, it has a wide range of toys that brought back memories from when I was young, really worth a visit

Thank Ryan M
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stumbled upon this museum completely by chance and were so thrilled to find such a lovely museum on a wet, grey day. Our 9 and 11 year old were interested to find out about various 'old fashioned' toys from their parents childhood or even their grandparents! A clean, well presented museum - and all for free, a huge thank... More 

Thank Larlie_13
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It was true what we'd heard - that we'd be saying "I had one of those". Brought back memories of childhood and the toys I owned. Wonderful free museum.

Thank Alisolsen
Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great time here. Everything for all ages and lots to look at. Was wonderful hearing all the visitors oooooing and arrrrring about the old toys and books,

Thank REJ1974
Lisburn, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Whilst having a leisurely stroll through Edinburgh we literally walked past this museum and gave it a double take. It's not your typical museum and being free we naturally walked in for a browse. I'm struggling to see much point in the place to be honest. There are two levels to the museum and each level is no bigger than... More 

Thank Kyle6432
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Interesting, worth to go. Not very big but you can find your childhood memory. Go and take a look you will definitely like it.

Thank Gigi C
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely trip down memory lane . We spend over an hour there remembering our childhood and laughing at them a good way to spend an hour and it free

Thank Sarah H
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My partner and I called. This place was fantastic. Nostalgic. Brought back fantastic memories. Great place to pass an hour. Staff great. Nice place.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stop off at the Museum of Childhood when visiting the lower half of the Royal Mile. Located at 42 High Street we popped in and saw many nice displays in this small but unique Museum. A great stop to unwind a bit, take a breath, and then continue up the Mile towards the Castle.

Thank James C

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