The Museum of Childhood is a fun day out for the whole family. Young
people can learn about the children of the past and see a fantastic
range of toys and games, while adults enjoy a trip down memory lane.
Young people and adults will enjoy finding out about growing up through
the ages, from toys and games to health and school days. Hands-on
activities, including a puppet theatre and dressing up area, together
with our fantastic museum shop, help to make your visit a memorable one.
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
Museum of Childhood
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.
Museum of Childhood 42 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1TG Phone: 0131 529