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

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.
Bookmark Beasts

Bookmark Beasts

7th July 2018
Make beautiful bookmarks from cardboard and wool to create fantastical beasts and creatures to live in the pages of your books at the Museum of Childhood.
Summer Magic Workshop with Edinburgh International Magic Festival

Summer Magic Workshop with Edinburgh International Magic Festival

14th July 2018
Learn, create, and perform your own magic at a whirlwind workshop this summer in the Museum of Childhood!
Frankomime’s Monster

Frankomime’s Monster

21st July 2018
Posturous Productions bring you 'Frankomime’s Monster', a children's show full of scientific rigor (of the "mortis" variety), songs and very, very small crowd scenes.
Talking Funny Puppets

Talking Funny Puppets

28th July 2018
Make your own little hand puppets inspired by characters in the Museum of Childhood in this free, drop in session.
Summer Balloon Modelling Workshop

Summer Balloon Modelling Workshop

11th August 2018
Learn how to make your very own Balloon Models with super-fun hands-on workshop from Magic Ian, an accomplished Balloon Modeller and award-winning magician.
The Bureau of Untold Stories

The Bureau of Untold Stories

12th August 2018
Brymore Productions presents 'The Bureau of Untold Stories' with live sound effects, improvisation and unconventional storytelling skills, it's a treat for both children and adults.
Puppets and Prose

Puppets and Prose

19th August 2018
Join storyteller Julie Bannatyne to hear some enchanting children’s prose brought to life with puppetry and props at the Museum of Childhood.
Colourful Kite Holder

Colourful Kite Holder

25th August 2018
Make the coolest picture kite and decorate with inspiration from the historic samplers in the Museum of Childhood on 25th August.

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