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.