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“closed on a tues and weds in the Easter hols?!!”

Museum of Childhood
Ranked #97 of 449 things to do in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed 6 April 2018 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 1 April 2018 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 back to the 1700s.

Our daughter very much enjoyed playing on the different activities in each of the five rooms. Her favourites were the hook a fish and rocking horse. I felt very nostalgic seeing the Gameboy and Ludo.

The venue also had an excellent little toy gift shop and my daughter very much enjoyed choosing an item.

This is well worth a trip if you have a spare hour and a half and are looking for something to entertain the kids at low cost.

Thank simonwilliampizzey
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Reviewed 20 March 2018

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.

Thank lindypop2003
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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 mixture which included toys that people in their 20s would remember from childhood. You could hear everyone saying "aww I had one of those"

In every room there were modern day toys for children to play with, tea sets, duplo, colouring, dress up, book corner, giant hook a fish etc which was nice because many younger children can find museums boring but this kept them entertained.

The rooms are across three levels and are connected by staircases. There is no photography allowed inside and there is a gift shop.

Thank Jasmine12391
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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 have a few “I had one of those” moments as the memories flood back.

Didn’t everybody have a Corgi concrete-mixer truck?

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