Edinburgh Museum Of Childhood

Visiting the Museum of Childhood is like taking a trip back in time, whether you are an adult looking for some nostalgia, or a child who wants to see how young people in the past used to live and play. This museum is all about how children grew up in different eras, the health problems they may have encountered, and what school was like in the past.

The toys, games, and lifestyle items in the museum date from the 18th to the early 21st century, and come under categories such as Games, Home Life, and Children’s Clothes and Books. The collections in the museum include famous early versions of Steiff Bears, a Stanbrig Eorls Dolls House which is packed with 2000 items, and a variety of dolls, trains, pedal cars, and more. There’s audio recreating a 1930’s schoolroom, and a mock-up of a Victorian street, littered with outdoor toys from the era. There are also traditional items such as the slates used in schools, to toys such as Marbles and traditional games like Snakes and Ladders. Children will love the dressing up area and puppet theatre, and the chances are, everyone in your party will find something in the museum they once owned or played with.  Arrive at the right time and you can also take part in the family art workshops, inspired by items in the museum.

You will find the museum in the historic Royal Mile, ideally located for shops, cafes, and other attractions if you’re on a day out. The museum is free to enter, and along with their galleries, they also have a shop on-site selling a range of traditional and character toys and pocket money items. Anything from The Gruffalo to Paddington Bear and the Beano characters can be found on the shelves. Why not visit, and share the founder’s passion for childhood toys.

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