Edinburgh Museum of Childhood

How many times do we sit and watch children, and remember our own childhood days. Your first pair of roller skates, playing hop scotch in the school playground and hide-and-seek with the neighborhood kids. Your very first doll whose name you can still remember or the toy car that you finally got for Christmas, are all memories that still bring a smile to your face and warm your heart. Fortunately, due to the foresight of an Edinburgh councilor named Patrick Murray, the Museum of Childhood was established in the year 1955, and has been a popular attraction in Edinburgh, since the day it opened. A museum to specialize in the life and education of a child, was a first. It appeals to all ages, as we were all children once, and looking back on our childhood, remembering the games we played with friends and the toys that were so dear to us, evokes emotions in parents and excitement in their children.

Of course, taking a quiet and peaceful stroll through the Edinburgh Museum of Childhood is not possible. The shrill sound of joy and enthusiasm fills the air, as does the amazed and fascinated sounds of adults. There are toys everywhere in the museum that range from the 1950’s until present and different events and exhibitions that are hosted by the Museum of Childhood ensure a constant flow of visitors to the museum. Not only is the museum interesting, but it is educational in a fun way. Here children are able to learn more about the toys and games that used to entertain the children of previous eras, including the way they dressed and the education they received while growing up. Spread out across five floors, visitors will be able to view health exhibits, video presentations, costumes and educational exhibits.

The Edinburgh Museum of Childhood has so many different games and toys on display that it is not easy to keep up. From Noddy and his car, to comic books, train sets, cars, dolls, arcade machines, teddy bears and many more, will definitely be found entertaining by the entire family. And the exhibitions are not limited to the children of one country, but from the childhoods of children across the world. There is a shop available where visitors are able to purchase toys and memorabilia. With so much to see and participate in, it is no wonder that this museum is a popular attraction in Edinburgh.

 



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Scotland.com Team - 2010-06-02 09:17:41

I was given a doll from the window of a baby shop when I was six weeks old (now 65) unfortunately she is needing some repairs, can you help please. Many thanks.
Thank you for visiting Scotland.com. As we do not represent the museum, please contact them directly with your enquiry. The contact email address is : museumofchildhood@edinburgh.gov.uk We hope they can assist you in restoring your doll which clearly is of sentimental value to you.

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Elizabeth Clarke - 2010-06-01 12:57:48

I was given a doll from the window of a baby shop when I was six weeks old (now 65) unfortunately she is needing some repairs, can you help please. Many thanks.

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Phyllis Lenahan - 2009-11-10 01:55:10

I am looking for information on an old Scottish betting game called Blair. I have been making reproduction game boards from "old wood" gathered from buildings, and would very much like to make some unusual, or mostly unknown games for my family to play. Any information on this or any other games you could give me, or point me in the right direction, would be greatly appreciated. My paternal grandmother was born in Scotland, and I hope to get to visit one day. Thank you.

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