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Museum of Childhood

City Guide: Museum of Childhood, a trip down memory lane

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Experience the world of children, and reminisce on your own childhood at one of Edinburgh’s most unique museums, the Museum of Childhood. Here, you will experience the first museum in the world dedicated solely to childhood memorabilia!

All aspects of childhood

The museum was started by Patrick Murray, an enthusiastic toy collector, but you will find more than just toys within the collection! You can uncover items dating from the 19th century to the present, including school items, books and comics, clothing and fancy dress, a collection of photographs, and a beautiful carousel horse.

Museum of Childhood in Edinburgh

Collection highlights

You can see all sorts of wonderful, treasured items in the museum. Marvel at the oldest toy in the collection, a rare wooden Queen Anne Doll dating from 1740. Learn the story of the Kindertransport bear, a teddy which came from Vienna on the last train rescuing Jewish children from the Nazis.

Admire the Peter Rabbit toy, from the 20th century, one of the first to be made modelled after the Beatrix Potter characters. Study the details in the Stanbrig Eorls doll house, consisting of 19 rooms, and equipped with electricity and running water!

Museum of Childhood in Edinburgh

Interactive areas

You can enjoy this museum as an adult, as you find yourself transported back to your younger years, or as a child, discovering how different things were for previous generations. You can get hands on with some of the exhibits too, perfect for eager children!

The museum was recently renovated to showcase new items, and transform the ground floor into an interactive space. Explore the different zones, dedicated to topics such as home, school, and play. Tell your own stories with the puppet theatre, or pretend to be someone else in the dressing up area!

Useful Information


Opening hours:

Mon, Thur, Fri, Sat, 10am-5pm

Sun, 12pm-5pm

Closed Tue & Wed


Entry:

Free, donations welcome

Find many more curiosities and anecdotes about Edinburgh in our tours around the city.

Location

You can find the museum on the Royal Mile, on right hand side of the High Street, just after Blackfriars Street as you walk downhill - look out for the colourful doorway!

Remember...

There is limited parking on the Royal Mile, so if you’re coming by car, especially with children, you will have to park elsewhere and walk to the museum.

Don't miss...

The shoe doll, made in 1905 from the scraps of a shoe, for children whose families couldn’t afford anything more.