Museum of Childhood in Edinburgh

We all spend a fair bit of time reminiscing about the great times of our childhoods, but have you ever stopped to ponder what exactly makes ‘childhood’? What was childhood like for the generations before us? This museum is here to explore the answers to these questions, making a great activity to add to your stack for the inquisitive or those who are just looking for something unique to see in Edinburgh.

What is the best museum in Edinburgh?

Edinburgh has plenty of amazing museums, but the Museum of Childhood offers one of the most unique experiences. The museum can be accessed by the No.6 bus, stopping at Jeffery Street which is a short walk to the building.

Inside the Museum are exhibitions displaying toys and dolls, games and books among other various nostalgic relics, belonging to the youth of Edinburgh as well as the children of Britain going back over 2 centuries all the way up to the present day – the first museum of it’s kind to open in the world. You can explore an interactive exhibit that chronicles that delves into the life of a child at home and in school, and see fascinating toys and objects that might even get thinking back to your own childhood, from a Buzz Lightyear figure that made the Toy Story film famous to a wooden Queen Anne doll from all the way back in 1740!

  • Admission to the museum is free.
  • The museum is open 7 days a week, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

*Please note that the museum is currently closed. A re-opening date is not known as of yet.*

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