Museum of Childhood

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The Museum of Childhood is a fun day out for the whole family. Young people can learn about the children of the past and see a fantastic range of toys and games, while adults enjoy a trip down memory lane.

Young people and adults will enjoy finding out about growing up through the ages, from toys and games to health and school days. Hands-on activities, including a puppet theatre and dressing up area, together with our fantastic museum shop, help to make your visit a memorable one.

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Opening hours

Mon-Sat 10.00-17.00
Sun 12.00-17.00

Admission charges

Admission Free

There are toys and games of all kinds from many parts of the world, ranging from dolls and teddy bears to train sets and tricycles. Listen to the children chanting multiplication tables in the 1930s schoolroom. Watch the street games of Edinburgh children of the 1950s, and find out how children have been brought up, dressed and educated in decades gone by.

Collection details

Archives, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Land Transport, Medicine, Social History, World Cultures

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A Magical Fancy Dress Party

  • 14 May 2016 1-3:30pm

Museum of Childhood is a magical and lively museum, full of very cool toys. Families are invited to come along to the the museum in fancy dress, with a theme of toys through the ages. Join us for an afternoon of fun activities – there will be games, a storyteller, a magician, art activities and cakes and jelly. Many of the games and stories will be specially designed to bring the toys in the museum alive for children. Come and explore our most popular museum, and there will also be some party treats for you!


free but a small donation would be welcome on the day.


Museum of Childhood
42 High Street
Royal Mile



0131 529 4142


0131 558 3103

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