Museum of Childhood (Edinburgh)

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Museum of Childhood sign, Edinburgh

The Museum of Childhood is a collection of children's toys and playthings, situated on the Royal Mile, in Edinburgh, Scotland. It was the first museum in the world to specialise in the history of childhood.

The collection, which ranges from the 18th to the 21st century, was originally the work of Patrick Murray (1908-1981), an Edinburgh Councillor and passionate collector of toys and childhood memorabilia.[1]

Housed in what was formerly the Salvation Army's hall on the Royal Mile, the Museum attracts over 250,000 visitors annually.[2] Admission is free.

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  1. ^ "Childhood Collections". Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  2. ^ Gazetteer for Scotland

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Coordinates: 55°57′01″N 3°11′08″W / 55.9504°N 3.1856°W / 55.9504; -3.1856