Visit the world's first children based museum. There's lots to learn about the history of children's toys and playthings.
42 High Street, Royal Mile, Edinburgh. EH1 1TG
Tel: 0131 529 4142
Indoor Activities, Museums and Art Centres
Ages 5 - 12, All ages, Schools and Groups, Teenagers, Under 5s
(based on family of 4)
The Museum of Childhood is now once again open to the public. The brand new Gallery One features 60 rarely-seen objects relating to childhood life, learning and play following a five-month refurbishment of the ground floor. Newly displayed items include retro favourites like a Buzz Lightyear action figure from the year 2000, a Fisher-Price Chatter Telephone dating to 1979 and more! Other items not to be missed include the popular and much-coveted Raleigh Chopper bike from the 1970s and the “Kindertransport bear” -a tiny Steiff teddy bear which travelled out of Vienna on the last Kindertransport train to rescue Jewish children from Nazi Germany in 1939.
The refurbishment sees the installation of new cases, exhibits, floors and lights with the ground floor opened into an interactive space. There are dedicated zones focusing on memories of life at home, in school and at play. There are also plans for a film and digital photo archive, focusing on how Edinburgh children have grown up over the decades.
As the first museum in the world dedicated to the history of childhood, The Museum of Childhood has a place in the hearts of millions. There are displays of toys and games from across the generations. The Museum also explores other aspects of growing up, from schooldays and clubs to clothing, health and holidays.
The museum boasts a very well stocked shop and you can bring away a souvenir of your visit, a genuine “pocket money” toy or indulge in a little piece of nostalgia, all of your own.
Admission to the Museum of Childhood is free, but donations are welcome.