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.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: The Museum of Childhood is now closed for renovation and will reopen in Spring 2018.

Re-Imagining the Museum of Childhood

The Museum of Childhood is currently preparing for an exciting major refurbishment of the ground floor gallery.  This will create new displays for our visitors and the opportunity to present new collections.  To allow for the building work necessary, the Museum of Childhood will be closed to visitors from 24 October 2017 to the beginning of March 2018. During this time we will also have a limited enquiries and donations service.

We will keep visitors updated with information in the coming months, along with more details on how you can get involved.

You can support our refurbishment and development of the Museum of Childhood by making a donation

The entrance to the Museum of Childhood

About

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

A Scotsman in a toy theatre at the Museum of Childhood

Collections

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 family look at toy vehicles in the Museum of Childhood

Learning

Find out about our Outreach service for schools and community groups

A model locomotive and railway station at the Museum of Childhood

Events

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

A girl looks at toys in the Museum of Childhood shop

Shop

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

Exhibitions

Exhibitions

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.