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Museum of Childhood – Edinburgh, Scotland

When it opened in 1955, The Museum of Childhood in Edinburgh, Scotland was the first museum dedicated to chronicling the history of childhood. The museum is situated on the Royal Mile, a 1.8 km series of streets in the Old Town section of the capital city.

The museum’s six galleries display toys and games and explore all aspects of British childhood from the mid-19th century to the present day. Additional curated items in the 60,000 piece collection include pieces related to hobbies and pastimes, books, magazines, and comics. Visitors can also enjoy a substantial costume collection reflecting children’s fashions and lifestyles as well as a photographic archive.

Admission is free.


Plan your next vacation to include a visit to a play-related store, museum, or private collection.