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Edinburgh Museum of Childhood.

Museum of Childhood

The Edinburgh Museum of Childhood is a lovely traditional museum situated in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town, on the Historic Royal Mile. The museum was the brainchild of Edinburgh town councillor and toy collector Patrick Murray (1908-81). It features all aspects of childhood, from the 18th through to the 21st centuries. There really is something for everyone to enjoy - from chimney sweep's work clothes from Victorian times to the modern classics such as Meccano and roller skates! There are five floors of toys and childhood memorabilia to explore: the ground floor has large toys such as pedal cars, and a wonderful pianola which plays not only the piano but many other instruments at the same time, if you put a coin in the slot! The second floor has a large display of puppets and miniatures - giant dolls houses, model railways and cars, and some lovely miniature shops recreated in exquisite detail. This floor also has a whole section on the use of film and video cameras both at home and at school. The third floor has the best display of dolls that you're ever likely to see - there are dolls of all sizes in all manner of costumes from all over the world. There's even a teddy bears' picnic with bears of all different styles from different eras taking tea together! The fourth floor has games (board games, marbles, roller skates etc.) and books. There are first editions of some Beatrix Potter favourites and other children's tales. The top of the museum, on the fifth floor, has some old street and school room scenes, along with a dressing up area where children can transform themselves into old fashioned kids. There is a small shop at the entrance that you can visit on your way out... lots of historical themed gifts and mementos to choose from. Facilities: There are toilets in the museum (including a disabled toilet), but no cafe. This is not a problem as there are dozens of cafes and restaurants along the Royal Mile and nearby! Entrance to the Edinburgh Museum of Childhood is free, and it is open every day: Monday to Saturday 10am till 5pm and Sunday 12pm till 5pm