Museum Of Childhood Edinburgh

Museum Of Childhood Edinburgh

About Museum Of Childhood Edinburgh

42 High Street, Edinburgh Old Town EH1 1TG
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The Museum of Childhood has a place in the hearts of millions. The first museum in the world dedicated to the history of childhood, it displays 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.

Children will love seeing teddies, dolls, trains and pedal cars up-close. They can listen to the sounds of a 1930s schoolroom and see a recreated Victorian street complete with outdoor toys. They can even get hands-on with our dressing up costumes and games.

Our wonderful collection includes early Steiff Bears and a delicate 18th century ‘Queen Anne’ doll, dressed in the latest fashion of the times. The Stanbrig Eorls dolls house is a firm favourite with visitors. Its 21 rooms contain over 2,000 items, from tiny towels in the bathroom to skittles in the nursery. Our miniature 1880s butcher’s shop is another favourite. Covered in prime cuts of ‘meat’, it is supervised by its own miniature butcher.

But it’s not just kids that love the Museum; adults can enjoy a slice of childhood nostalgia. Whether it’s a Corgi car or a Barbie doll, there will be something to make you say ‘I had one of those!’

The Museum of Childhood is set in two historic buildings straddling South Gray’s Close on the Royal Mile. Both buildings were constructed in the 18th century. The eastern building was home to some well-known figures of Edinburgh society, while the western building housed a theatre, and later an ironmongers.

Upcoming Events at Museum Of Childhood Edinburgh

Magic Show: Christmas Tricks

Magic Show: Christmas Tricks

15th December 2018
Enjoy a sprinkling of actual magic in the run up to Christmas with our heart-warming comedy magic show.
Reflection of Home

Reflection of Home

22nd December 2018
Make your own little model house reflecting your 'special' place and taking inspiration from all the lovely doll’s houses in the Museum of Childhood.

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Explore the sights and sounds of Christmas when this magical after dark experience returns to the Royal Botanic Gardens!
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Throughout December Edinburgh opens its doors to showcase the unique buildings in the city in this real-life advent calendar.
Kinky Boots
Don't miss the ultimate night out when the Kinky Boots tour comes to Edinburgh Playhouse in December 2018!
King’s Panto: Beauty and the Beast
Edinburgh panto legends Allan Stewart, Andy Gray & Grant Stott return to the King's Theatre in Beauty and the Beast!
Jack and the Beanstalk
Join us at The Brunton for Jack and the Beanstalk, a fun packed panto with an up to date twist on the well-known story!

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