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The Museums Collection Centre stores a huge variety of objects from the City’s Social History, Applied Arts and Childhood collections. We also have a small conservation lab. The building is accessible but some objects are stored on an upper floor accessed by a wide metal staircase with open risers and a handrail. Accessible toilets are available.

Tours are approximately one hour; unfortunately it is not possible to provide seating during the tour in the store. Please email or call 01315569536 if you have any access needs or special interest requests. We aim to make adjustments to the tour route where possible.

Tours are led by Museum Collections Centre staff and volunteers. Because we all have our own interests and perspectives, tours vary between guides. Tours are free but donations are welcome.

Dogs, trains, fires and booze

Here’s your chance to join Dave and delve into the back-room stores of Edinburgh’s museum collections. Get up very close with a vast range of incredible artefacts whilst hearing about Edinburgh’s attempts at time-keeping, the “truth” about Greyfriars Bobby and the story about Edinburgh’s own Great Fire and the birth of the modern fire brigade thanks to Fireman James. See examples of bygone train sets, still in their original boxes and hear about the escapades of Edinburgh’s citizens as they consumed alcohol in copious quantities in a bid to keep up with the brewer’s output in the most important brewing centre on the planet.

February 27th  10:30-11:30

March 9th 10:30-11:30

April 22nd 10:30-11:30

May 7th 10:30-11:30

Toys and Trenchfoot

Join our volunteer tour guide Cathy as she leads us on a journey through the treasures of the Museum Collections Centre. Find out about some of the unique collections in the store, from chairs to churches, muskets to moulded felt dolls, and ceramics to suffragettes. Highlights include objects from the North British Rubber Company (now Hunter Boots Ltd) and a very special dolls' house.

February 4th  10:30-11:30

March 24th 10:30-11:30

April 30th 10:30-11:30

May 26th 10:30-11:30

Museum Collections Centre Tours

Museum of Childhood by Ian Georgeson

Museum of Childhood

Temporarily Closed

The Museum of Childhood has a place in the hearts of millions. The first museum in the world dedicated to the history of childhood, it displays toys... More info