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Museum of Childhood

42 High Street | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1TB, Scotland
+44 131 529 4142
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Worth a look; this museum is free to visit, donations obviously welcome, and is a must see. Great... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
susangfirth
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Durham, United Kingdom
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Maybe Best For Kids

I've been coming here maybe once a year for a few years, bringing visitors with me. It's free and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Vicky L
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London, 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
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Reviewed 6 days ago 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 1 week ago

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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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not a planned visit but pooped in whilst doing an Edinburgh treasure trail. We took our 6 year old who was interested in the exhibits and what toys were like in the 'old day's as she put it. There are lots of exhibits, good interactive...More

Thank Rebecca W
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited before heading for the airport,really enjoyed the first display area, felt the other floors were a bit dated and was surprised to not see a Tiny tears amongst the doll collection?! :)

Thank Sharon A
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As part of a day trip to Edinburgh we visited here. It's a fascinating walk through of toys from years gone by. For young children to see such items makes them realise how life was so different for their parents The only down side to...More

Thank Locutus-Mouse
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

very dissapointed that the museum was closed midweek in school holidays.....not the best. would have thought a few extra hours in the hols would have resulted in way higher than usual footfall?

Thank Jcsandilands
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stumbled across this little gem when attempting to find an activity that my daughter would enjoy in the afternoon on our first day here (before dinner). This free exhibit is excellent with five rooms filled with activities of past generations toys/amusements all the way...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are in Edinburgh visit this museum as its well worth a visit and its free. Good mixture of toys displayed over 3 levels.

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Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

I really don't see how people can write negatively about this free attraction. It had a really nice layout, filled with lots of trips down memory lane and blasts from the past. Unlike most museums which are filled with "old things" it had a nice...More

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Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

Pop in if you are at the bottom of the Royal Mike. It takes less than an hour to look round and is FREE, although they do suggest that you make a donation... No matter how old a kid you are, I’m sure you will...More

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stifardo
10 December 2017|
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Response from Seniordad | 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
25 May 2016|
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Response from Seniordad | 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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