Museum of Childhood

Museum of Childhood
42 High Street
Royal Mile



0131 529 4142


0131 558 3103

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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

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Fringe Festival Children's Poster Competition

Fringe Festival Children's Poster Competition

  • 28 May — 31 August 2015

The Museum of Childhood is hosting the exhibition of the Fringe Schools Poster Competition 2015.

The competition has been an annual event for the Fringe Festival since 1980 and in that period has received over 100,000 entries.

Entries for the competition are being accepted til 1700 on 06 March 2015.


26 Children's Winters

26 Children's Winters

  • 23 October 2015 — 31 March 2016

Working with ‘26’ writers group and charity ‘ It’s Good to Give’, a selection of objects have been chosen which represent children’s Christmas presents. They are accompanied by a response from writers and / or children.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly