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.

Important announcement: The Museum of Childhood is now closed for renovation and will reopen Spring 2018. 

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Museum of Childhood Gallery One Renovation

This vital work will transform Gallery One into a colourful, modern and fully accessible space which will focus on the themes of play, exploration and learning. Click the button below to donate to this project and contribute to one of Edinburgh's best loved visitor attractions. 

Quintro Board game at Museum of childhood

Collection Highlights

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.

Highlights of the collection include: 

  • Queen Anne Doll The oldest toy in the collection, a rare wooden fashion doll dating from c1740
  • Shoe Doll A doll made in London c1905 from the sole of a shoe and scraps of household fabric. A poignant reminder of families who couldn’t afford to buy toys, saved for posterity by British collector, Edward Lovett.
  • Raleigh Chopper bicycle A style icon of the 1970s​
  • 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
  • Stanbrig Eorls The largest dolls house in the museum’s collection. Begun by Lena Graham Montgomery in 1894, she continued to collect for it and extend it throughout her life. Eventually, it had 19 rooms with electric light and running water. It was exhibited to raise funds for charity before being donated to the museum on the 1960s
  • Peter Rabbit soft toy A Steiff toy from the early 20th century representing the character from Beatrix Potter’s much-loved and perennially popular story. One of the first examples of merchandising for children.
Teapot set at Museum of Childhood
This little place is going to make you smile from the sheer simplicity of a bygone childhood. Liz, Tripadvisor

The Museum of Childhood is a 3 star museum

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