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Museum of Childhood

42 High Street | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1TB, Scotland
+44 131 529 4142
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Full of old toys!

Lots of old toys from the past century or two including teddies, puppets, old games and a super... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
DonDons369
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Boston, United Kingdom
Memory Lane

Large assortment of old toys. There are quite a few floors to view. On the first floor they have a... read more

Reviewed 11 November 2017
Deb873
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Dartmouth, Massachusetts
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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 4 weeks ago

Lots of old toys from the past century or two including teddies, puppets, old games and a super creepy room full of dolls. Each room is quite small so access could be tricky although there is a lift to each floor. When we visited in...More

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Reviewed 11 November 2017

Large assortment of old toys. There are quite a few floors to view. On the first floor they have a gift shop where we bought a VW bus that was better quality than what we've seen before.

Thank Deb873
Reviewed 7 November 2017

This is a very unusual, free museum. It's primarily one person's collection of more than 50,000 toys although others now have joined. Most of the toys are housed in cases. Largest collection of a vast array of dolls. It's not a modern "hands on" museum....More

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Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

When your childhood toys are part of a museum you know you’re getting on! However to see how simple toys have developed and to see the younger children there were excited was great to see We arrived with 44 minutes to go until close and...More

Thank Paul U
Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

Brings back memories seeing the toys from your childhood even some go back to my grans childhood.You could spend upto an hour strolling thro the museum it has a lift to different floors if you can’t manage the stairs.Its free

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Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

My full family got bored and most of the attractions were boerd , the doll room was the creepiest experience of my life and I would most definitely not recommend to anyone unless they want to be tortured

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Reviewed 14 October 2017

I took my grandkids here to show them toys that their grandparents and great grandparents played with. Fortunately I had been over in Edinburgh in August, and noticed then that the museum closes on a Tues/Weds - even during school holidays. Very short-sighted in a...More

Thank Janet H
Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

Free admission. Well worth a visit. Kids had lots of fun looking at the old toys and games. A proper blast from the past.

1  Thank chalevan1980
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

This is such a cute nostalgic museum filled with old toys and games that will make you reminisce about your own childhood and give you a fascinating insight into how other generations of children played. Highly recommend!

Thank Cait F
Reviewed 7 October 2017

A trip down memory lane when you visit this attraction. It looked like an ordinary shop front as we entered the front door. It was a bit like Dr Who's Tardis! Much Bigger inside! Three floors of toys and memorabilia! We could hear people saying,...More

Thank Margaret M
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Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the
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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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moss213
17 February 2015|
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No cafe in the museum.
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