Museum of Childhood

The Museum of Childhood is a fun day out for the whole family. Young people can learn about the children of the past and see a fantastic range of toys and games, while adults enjoy a trip down memory lane.

Young people and adults will enjoy finding out about growing up through the ages, from toys and games to health and school days. Hands-on activities, including a puppet theatre and dressing up area, together with our fantastic museum shop, help to make your visit a memorable one.

**Unfortunately we are currently unable to provide guided tours, and we are unable to accept any group bookings for the Museum of Childhood until February 2017 because of the refurbishment work planned for the venue. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.**

Change of opening hours

From 1 October 2016 the Museum of Childhood will be closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Opening hours on other days will remain unchanged. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Museum of Childhood lift

We are in the process of fixing our lift. We hope it will be up and running again soon. In the meantime, if lift access is required please contact reception on 0131 529 4142 before travelling for updated information. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.


Museum of Childhood redevelopment - please share your views!
This is an exciting time at the Museum of Childhood. We are in the process of exploring opportunities to invest in the museum’s visitor experience and would like to involve you in the process. At the moment we are developing proposals for our ground floor gallery which will focus on the redisplay and re-interpretation of objects relating to early infancy and childhood. We are also hoping to invest in the wider Museum of Childhood experience as part of a later phase of work. We would be delighted if you could spare some time to share your views with us. This survey is open to both previous visitors and non visitors to the Museum of Childhood and should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete. The survey will run until the end of the day on Thursday 8th September.

Thank you!


The entrance to the Museum of Childhood


Find out more about the Museum and what you can see.

A Scotsman in a toy theatre at the Museum of Childhood


Learn more about our fascinating collections covering all aspects of childhood.

Children looking at optical toys at the Museum of Childhood

Visitor Information

Check our opening hours and how to find us.

A girl plays with a hands-on toy at the Museum of Childhood


Find out about our Outreach service for schools and community groups

Books on display at the Museum of Childhood


Find out about the Museum of Childhood's current exhibitions and events.

A girl looks at toys in the Museum of Childhood shop


Find out what pocket money treats, toys and games are available at the Museum of Childhood Shop.



Check out our exhibitions - current and coming soon!

All the world's a stage?

Did you Know?

All the world's a stage?

Did you Know?

All the world's a stage?

In 1760 the ground and first floors of the Museum of Childhood building were used as a  theatre.

100 years ago the building had become the Universal Hardware Stores where people could buy pots and pans and cleaning materials.