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Museum of Childhood

Closed Now: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Open today: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Extremely small museum, they could have done more . It was very nice with quite a bit of good and... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Amanda R
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This is definitely a small hidden museum and looks like a shop from the front but it's like a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tony P
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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...more
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42 High Street | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1TB, Scotland
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Reviewed 5 days ago

As the ex - owner (now retired) of an award winning toy museum I was hoping for a brilliant experience in the nations capital. Sadly all the many exhibits were behind glass. Very poor (none existent) window display (It just looked like modern town centre...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Extremely small museum, they could have done more . It was very nice with quite a bit of good and interesting exhibits. I would definitely recommend stopping in when you are walking the royal mile

Thank Amanda R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Again, this was free, so I can't be too harsh. It was fun to see some old toys, and the museum was bigger than I expected. Unless you are a huge fan of dolls, avoid the doll room. I felt like it was the perfect...More

Thank wilsonwest
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is definitely a small hidden museum and looks like a shop from the front but it's like a tardis inside. The kids loved seeing all the different toys and although the displays are shown a bit old fashioned it was fascinating to see how...More

Thank Tony P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very comprehensive collection displayed in somewhat of an old fashioned way. And non the worse for that. Amazing collection of dolls. Probabley a wet weather day activity or a 'pop in' whilst walking down the Royal Mile.

Thank Northumberlandscout
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you hadn't planned a visit to the Museum of Childhood and found yourself wandering in on your walk down the Royal Mile you'd be forgiven for thinking it was just another gift shop filled with overpriced tack. That's what you're presented with when you...More

Thank Tony P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The museum is definitely worth a visit especially if you have kids. The ground floor has been re-vamped and quickly gets you excited at what else there is for to see.

Thank Grant H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As there is a 20 year age gap between myself and my partner it was a lot of fun to see some of the things from each other's childhoods and laugh about it. Was totally free and wonderful. There re a lot of stairs and...More

Thank Kate W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My friend and I went to the museum of childhood to buy a wooden aeroplane for her 2 year old grandson. We got to the door at 4.50pm and there were still customers in the shop, but the sales assistant stopped us and said “the...More

Thank Sandra S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Another free Edinburgh Museum where I hope that most visitors would leave a donation or at least buy something from the shop. The 2nd and 3rd floors are the most interesting as the have glass cases of old toys and books going back to the...More

Thank Dennis P
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11 December 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.
25 May 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.