Museum of Childhood, Edinburgh

Museum of Childhood, Edinburgh The Museum of Childhood is a free museum at the heart of Edinburgh's Royal Mile. The Museum of Childhood is now closed for refurbishment of our ground floor gallery.
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Thank you to all our visitors - we look forward to welcoming you again in March 2018.

Operating as usual

13/11/2020
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A polite reminder that this page is no longer active and will soon close. Please do follow our new Museums & Galleries Edinburgh page which showcases news, events and stories from across each of our 13 varied and fascinating venues including; the City Art Centre, Lauriston Castle, Scott Monument, Travelling Gallery, The Writers’ Museum, Nelson Monument, Museum of Edinburgh, Queensferry Museum, People’s Story Museum and of course, The Museum of Childhood. Thank you for your support!

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Encompassing 13 varied and fascinating venues across the city, Museums & Galleries Edinburgh offer a unique glimpse of Edinburgh’s world-famous history, architecture and its people throughout the years to surprise both residents and visitors alike.

Museum of Childhood, Edinburgh's cover photo
09/10/2020

Museum of Childhood, Edinburgh's cover photo

09/10/2020
Museums & Galleries Edinburgh

This page is no longer active and will soon close. We are hugely thankful to all our wonderful followers and Museum of Childhood supporters who have helped create and sustain this page over the years. We very much hope that you will continue to do so, and follow our new Museums & Galleries Edinburgh page which will capture news, events and stories from across each of our 13 varied and fascinating venues including; the City Art Centre, Lauriston Castle, Museum of Edinburgh, Travelling Gallery, The Writers’ Museum, Nelson Monument, People’s Story, Queensferry Museum, Scott Monument and of course, The Museum of Childhood. Please like and share our new page and continue to discover Edinburgh’s fascinating history and culture through our wonderful collection. Thank you for your support!

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Encompassing 13 varied and fascinating venues across the city, Museums & Galleries Edinburgh offer a unique glimpse of Edinburgh’s world-famous history, architecture and its people throughout the years to surprise both residents and visitors alike.

We are hugely thankful to all our wonderful followers and Museum of Childhood supporters who have helped create and sust...
30/06/2020

We are hugely thankful to all our wonderful followers and Museum of Childhood supporters who have helped create and sustain this page over the years. We very much hope that you will continue to do so, as we are making some changes. From late summer, this page will close as we are realigning our individual venue pages into one collective page in which we will share regular updates and news across Museums & Galleries Edinburgh. We very much welcome you to like, follow and continue to engage with Edinburgh’s wonderful history and stories and we'll share the new page when it's live. Thank you. Please note that the Museum of Childhood is still temporarily closed due to Covid.

Kids love baking 🧁 What are your favourite childhood recipes? Peppermint creams, fairy cakes, brownies......
23/06/2020

Kids love baking 🧁 What are your favourite childhood recipes? Peppermint creams, fairy cakes, brownies......

Bagpuss
19/06/2020

Bagpuss

Who fancies a chocolate biscuit? 😋🐭🍪

Janet and Allan Ahlberg created many popular children's books together, such as Burglar Bill, Funny Bones and Peepo! Als...
15/06/2020

Janet and Allan Ahlberg created many popular children's books together, such as Burglar Bill, Funny Bones and Peepo! Also, Each Peach Pear Plum, which won the Kate Greenaway Medal for illustration in 1978.

09/06/2020

We stand in solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter. We recognise the urgency for action and that we need to play our part in that change. We have a duty to examine our collections and ourselves so that we can stand up to racism. Not just today, but in the future.

St. George's School for girls was established in Edinburgh in 1888, one of the many independent schools established in t...
08/06/2020

St. George's School for girls was established in Edinburgh in 1888, one of the many independent schools established in the city in the 19th century. Here is a 'free exercise' class in action from the early 20th century 💪

Roger Hargreaves, who created the Mr Men and Little Miss books, was inspired by his six year old son asking 'What does a...
01/06/2020

Roger Hargreaves, who created the Mr Men and Little Miss books, was inspired by his six year old son asking 'What does a tickle look like?' He drew a yellow circle with long wriggly arms and Mr Tickle was born!

Organised by Edinburgh parents, this 1974 guide for activities to do with your children in the city suggests walks, muse...
28/05/2020

Organised by Edinburgh parents, this 1974 guide for activities to do with your children in the city suggests walks, museums, workshops and sports. And not forgetting, of course, a visit to Greyfriars Bobby.

Top Trumps 😁.  Which were your favourites?
25/05/2020

Top Trumps 😁. Which were your favourites?

21/05/2020
V&A Museum of Childhood

V&A Museum of Childhood

Looking for ways to get creative during lockdown whilst using things from around the house? Why not try to create your own Dolls House out of shoe boxes?

Thanks for @fourlittlewalls for the guide.

SuperTed is one of the many super heroes in our collection. Who is your super hero? 🦸
18/05/2020

SuperTed is one of the many super heroes in our collection. Who is your super hero? 🦸

Writers' Museum Edinburgh
16/05/2020

Writers' Museum Edinburgh

Robert Louis Stevenson

15/05/2020
LEGO

LEGO

📺 WATCH NOW: LEGO Batman has an important message for all you Batfans on how you too can be a super hero! 🌟
Thanks official_arnettwill Ralph Fiennes and Pure Imagination Studios for your support 🤗 #ConnectedTogether Batman

The Museum has several versions of Mousetrap. It is now over 50 years old, being first launched in 1963 by Ideal. In the...
11/05/2020

The Museum has several versions of Mousetrap. It is now over 50 years old, being first launched in 1963 by Ideal. In the 1980s there was a live version of the game on ITV's children's programme Motormouth

Anyone for UNO???
07/05/2020

Anyone for UNO???

I Grew Up In The 70s & 80s
05/05/2020

I Grew Up In The 70s & 80s

Who collected these?

May the Fourth be with you
04/05/2020

May the Fourth be with you

Things to keep you busy during lockdown by the wonderful Richard Scarry
01/05/2020

Things to keep you busy during lockdown by the wonderful Richard Scarry

Susan Gardner of the Museum of Childhood opens Edinburgh favourite 'toybox'. Did you have any of these?
29/04/2020
Susan Gardner of the Museum of Childhood opens Edinburgh favourite 'toybox'. Did you have any of these?

Susan Gardner of the Museum of Childhood opens Edinburgh favourite 'toybox'. Did you have any of these?

In the third of a new series in which five curators from some of the city’s best loved museums choose their favourite artefacts, today Susan Gardner of the Museum of Childhood picks her favourite toys from the collection, including an 18-room Victorian dolls house fitted with lighting and working ...

As we work from home in different corners of the city, we’re seeing changes in our communities. It’s been sudden and all...
29/04/2020

As we work from home in different corners of the city, we’re seeing changes in our communities. It’s been sudden and all-encompassing. What has changed for you? We’re looking for donations to our collections to reflect the pandemic: Click here for more information: https://www.edinburghmuseums.org.uk/covid-19-contemporary-collecting

Collecting stamps has been a popular childhood hobby that has often extended into adulthood. Are you still collecting so...
28/04/2020

Collecting stamps has been a popular childhood hobby that has often extended into adulthood. Are you still collecting something you started collecting as a child? 🚂🚀🎎🏆🧩🎲🧸📚🇩🇬

We have a large book collection, which includes many editions of Enid Blyton's stories. Were you a Secret Seven or Famou...
26/04/2020

We have a large book collection, which includes many editions of Enid Blyton's stories. Were you a Secret Seven or Famous Five fan?

Miffy's daily exercise 🐰
24/04/2020

Miffy's daily exercise 🐰

Rainbow hopscotch 😍
22/04/2020

Rainbow hopscotch 😍

Do you have any Lockdown Lego creations you would like to share with us?
20/04/2020

Do you have any Lockdown Lego creations you would like to share with us?

Lost Edinburgh
18/04/2020

Lost Edinburgh

"Children share a skipping rope, taken just outside the door of my first flat at Panmure Place in Edinburgh in the 1970s. I don’t even go to the post office without my camera. This picture won a national photographic award."

Photo: Copyright Douglas Corrance. Published with permission.

Anyone tempted?
16/04/2020

Anyone tempted?

14/04/2020
Daily Record

Daily Record

🎥 Four-year-old Olivia Moffat from Helensburgh puts up a splendid performance of a Highland Fling for the NHS heroes 💃🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 #dancefornhskeyworkers

British Museum
12/04/2020

British Museum

Happy #Easter! 💐

These hungry bunnies were drawn by author and illustrator Beatrix Potter for her 1909 book ‘The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies’ 🐰

Here the young rabbits are nibbling on lettuce in Mr Macgregor’s garden and, according to the story, the lettuce had a very soporific effect – they all fell asleep on a newly mown lawn.

Who’s your favourite Beatrix Potter character?

See more of Potter’s beautiful bunnies here: http://ow.ly/kdBi30quMqp

09/04/2020
Clangers

Clangers

Sending Clangery love and gratitude from the little blue planet... 👏💖

#clapforourcarers

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42 High Street
Edinburgh
EH1 1TG

Lothian buses no.35 stops outside, no. 3, 31, 8, 7, 14, 5, 30, 49 stop nearby on North Bridge, and Waverley Train Station is 10 minutes walk away.

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Museum Of Childhood, Edinburgh Opening Times

After an extensive refurbishment of Gallery One, the Museum of Childhood is once again open to the public.


  • Monday: 10 am - 5 pm

  • Tuesday: 10 am - 5 pm
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    Tamara Moreau 😁
    Kites ☺
    My new masterpiece!
    Lana Collins showing that girls can build houses, too!
    When are you open on the Festivities?
    Very proud of his masterpiece 😁
    Great fun here today
    Enjoying building at Museum of Childhood this afternoon
    We visited for the first time yesterday and had a lovely time. Both my boys loved it, and the few things I got to read (in between chasing down my 1yo) were really interesting!