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.
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Museum Of Childhood
Nostalgic toys and games from around the world, ranging from dolls and teddy bears to train sets and tricycles, plus hands-on activities including a puppet theatre and dressing up area.Exhibitions Until Saturday December 31 2016Read more
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Artist Lindsay Hamilton hosts a drop-in session to create art using letters, drawing inspiration from the gallery's collection of letters decorated with animals, fruit and flowers.Saturday August 27 2016Read more
Home Sweet Home
Artist Lindsay Hamilton hosts a drop-in session to construct a doll's house, fort or barracks from fold out card so your toys feel at home.Saturday September 24 2016Read more