Museum of Childhood
Open today until 5 pm
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 this Buzz Lightyear action figure from the year 2000, a Fisher-Price Chatter Telephone dating to 1979 and more!
This is the first major change since then and the refurbishment sees new cases, floors and lights installed and objects displayed as the ground floor is opened into an interactive space, with dedicated zones focusing on memories of life at home, in school and at play. An area for film and a digital photo album will also be launched, focusing on how children have grown up in Edinburgh over the decades.
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.
See you soon!
This vital work transformed Gallery One into a colourful, modern and fully accessible space which focuses on the themes of play, exploration and learning. Click the button below to donate to contribute to one of Edinburgh's best loved visitor attractions.
The collection at the Museum of Childhood explores all aspects of British childhood from the mid 19th century to the present day. Play and entertainment are represented by toys, games, dolls, fancy dress, items relating to hobbies and pastimes, books, magazines and comics. Childcare and life at home, nursery and school also feature, along with a substantial costume collection reflecting children’s fashions and lifestyles. The museum also has a photographic archive.
This little place is going to make you smile from the sheer simplicity of a bygone childhood. Liz, Tripadvisor
The Museum of Childhood has always benefited from many generous donations and we continue to welcome these to build on the breadth and variety of the collections. However, as with all museum collections, storage and display space is restricted and we have to make sure we do not have too many of the same sort of object.
What we ARE collecting…
We are actively collecting toys, books, children’s clothes, photographs and domestic items from the 1970s onwards as this is where we have the least number of objects in our collections. We are also particularly interested in any items relating to childhood during World War II.
What we do NOT need…
We are not collecting dolls’ or babies’ prams pre 1980, christening robes, collections of dolls in foreign costumes, baby clothes pre 1940, party dresses, train sets, encyclopaedias, Dinky cars, dolls’ houses and furniture pre 1970 or baby dolls pre 1970.
If you have items that you think we would be interested in collecting, please do not bring them into the Museum in the first instance, but get in touch with a Curator by telephone or email. Ideally you could also send a photograph. Our contact details are as follows:
0131 529 4119
0131 556 9163