Museum of Childhood

Museum of Childhood
42 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1TG
  • Telephone 0131 529 4142
  • Opening times 10am–5pm.
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  • Website www.edinburghmuseums.org.uk/venue/…
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The Museum of Childhood situated on the iconic Royal Mile showcases a rich and nostalgic collection of toys, clothes and memorabilia from the last century, spread over three floors. The first museum in the world dedicated to the history of childhood, it displays games from across the generations. The Museum also explores other aspects of growing up, from schooldays and clubs to clothing, health and holidays.

Sound recordings bring to life the atmosphere of a playground, and a large section of the ground floor is a dedicated toy shop. It is a popular free tourist attraction as every single member of a family finds something to relate to. Prepare yourself for a walk down memory lane and share your stories.

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There are 3 events at this location

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A Magical Christmas

Make some gorgeous decorations inspired by Museum of Childhood for Christmas with artist Rachael Forbes. Free drop in art activities for families, no need to book. 10am-12.30pm Open Streets in Edinburgh temporarily open streets to people by closing them to cars. Open Streets seeks to help to increase public exploration…

Sun 1 Dec

Free / 0131 529 4142

A Magical Christmas

Make some gorgeous decorations inspired by Museum of Childhood for Christmas with artist Rachael Forbes. Free drop in art activities for families, no need to book.

Sun 1 Dec

Free / 0131 529 4142

Words on the Street

Play children's games and sing songs from Edinburgh's past at this family-friendly event, led by an array of Scottish storytellers.

Sat 19 Oct

Free / 0131 529 4142

Part of Scottish International Storytelling Festival.

Reviews & features

Enjoy a family fun day out at the Fringe

10 Jul 2018

Grab a bite to eat, chill out at the Circus Hub and catch a world-class show

Planning a day out at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe can be a daunting task – with a massive 3,548 shows in 317 venues across an entire city, you may not know where to start. Add kids into that equation and it can feel like mission impossible.

Edinburgh's Royal Mile takes in hundreds of years of history and drama

16 Feb 2011

A haven for tourists and the centrepoint of historic Edinburgh

The Royal Mile begins as you leave the castle. On the right is the Scotch Whisky Experience – the perfect introduction to the history and alchemy of Scotland’s national drink – complete with a dram at the end. On the left, the tower with the…

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