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Museum of Childhood

Overview

The Edinburgh Museum of Childhood opened in 1955, and was the first museum in the world to specialise in the history of childhood.

The museum shows the evolution of different categories of toys, with galleries featuring dolls, slot machines, toy trains, hobbies, games, pedal cars, bicycles and anything else that can be considered to be a childhood entertainment.

The museum does feel a bit dated and there aren’t many displays that children can interact with, but it’s free and worth a visit if you have the time. We expect that Grandparents will enjoy visiting with Grandchildren as there are lots of toys that older visitors will recognise.

We recommend putting 10p in the “Sweeney Todd” and “Haunted House” slot machines in Gallery 1.

Address:

42 High Street, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 1TG

Operated by:

Museums & Galleries of Edinburgh

Opening Hours:

10 am to 5 pm Mon – Sun

Admission:

Free

Parking:

Yes

Languages:

English

Accessibility:

Yes, lifts provide wheelchair access to most areas.

Toilets:

Yes

Shop:

Yes

Cafe/Restaurant:

No

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