A museum about youngsters, but with all-ages appeal. Exhibits include toys, tools and clothing charting childhood through the ages
Apparently the first museum of its kind when it was established in 1957, the Museum of Childhood is the perfect day out for restless kids. Child-centric in its entirety, the museum combines a vast collection of toys from throughout history and around the world with artifacts from childhoods past: chimneysweeps’ hats, classroom slates and retro, kid-marketed medicines. There are over 60,000 items in the complete collection, though understandably not all of them can be exhibited at once.
The layout is slightly awkward – five galleries spread across two narrow buildings makes for a lot of stair-climbing (or lift usage) – but with loads of opportunities for parents to get lost in nostalgic reveries while the kids enjoy the many interactive exhibits, it’s a minor quibble. Oh, and bring a pocketful of change – as with the majority of Scotland’s museums, admission is free, but the vintage coin-operated attractions are not to be missed.