Museum Of Childhood Edinburgh

Museum Of Childhood Edinburgh

About Museum Of Childhood Edinburgh

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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

Growing Up With Books

Growing Up With Books

1st June 2018 - 9th December 2018
Explore the world of children’s books in this exhibition on now at the Museum of Childhood.
Scary Masks

Scary Masks

27th October 2018
With many faces at the Museum of Childhood, make your own masks depicting your own favourite character with scary add-ons.
The Biggest Explosion

The Biggest Explosion

3rd November 2018
Join artist Melanie Ross in the Museum to experiment with different textures and mixed media to create beautiful bonfire and firework pictures telling us the story of Guy Fawkes.
Enchanted Hand Wreath

Enchanted Hand Wreath

24th November 2018
Express your creativity and imagination and make a beautiful little wreath to hang for Christmas.
Musical Stories

Musical Stories

1st December 2018
To celebrate Bookweek Scotland, join storyteller Daniel Allison to hear some captivating tales brought to life with music and inspired by the traditional tales we all know and loved as children.
Christmas Balloon Modelling Workshop

Christmas Balloon Modelling Workshop

8th December 2018
Learn how to make your very own Christmas-themed Balloon Models with super-fun hands-on workshop from Magic Ian.
Adventures in Nightmareland

Adventures in Nightmareland

9th December 2018
Join magician Ash Pryce as he journeys to the Wonderland like Nightmareland with mind reading, side show stunts and creepy illusions.
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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Popular Events

Halloween Trail
Bring the children along to the Royal Botanic Gardens this October for a special Halloween Trail through the Garden.
Fireworks and Bonfire Night 2018
Saturday 3rd November sees Hopetoun House host ‘The Greatest Fireworks Show on Earth’ and it’s bound to be another sell out event.
Edinburgh Farmers Market
Experience Edinburgh’s original Farmers’ Market, The only market in Edinburgh where the farm really meets the city.
Casting for a BBC3 Reality Series
BBC3 are filming in Edinburgh in the next few weeks and looking for people to feature in an episode of 'Eating With My Ex'.
SLA Fireworks Extravaganzas 2018
Scottish Love In Action is delight to present three Tartantastic Fireworks Extravaganza Shows for 2018.

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