Friday, 20 November 2015

Exploring Edinburgh // The Museum of Childhood


Welcome to November 2014 and March 2015! Indeed, these photos are that old - I told you when I go for a day out I take enough photos to last a year. These were obviously taken on two separate occasions and on my old camera hence the quality. 

To begin I should introduce you to where you'll be touring with me today. This is the Museum of Childhood, located on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. It houses a vast collection of toys, games and other childhood items from around the 1950s to the 1990s serving as a cool blast from the past for adults as well as learning tool to show children what kiddies played with before Ipads and Wiis existed.
Spread out over 4 floors, there are 5 galleries, below is a few snaps from throughout them all.









You see the snap of the doll room?! Very creepy I'm sure you'll agree! Though there are so many from all over the world and from different time periods that it is rather fascinating to see the similarities and differences. My favorite part of that room is the teddy bears! They have one that I had as a child, a collection of Steiff bears and a set up of them having a teddy bears picnic - so cute and one of the odd items that has stood the test of time being a popular choice of toy these days as well as way back when.

Being 24 (at the time of visiting) and going with my parents made it a much more special than I can imagine it being with young children, as not only were there lots of things I could remember from my own childhood, but so much that my Mam and Dad pointed out too making it fun to see in person toys and games they've spoken about having in the past.








Another section that was close to my heart were the books. They have a range of stunning old children's stories from Hans Christian Andersen to the amazing Brothers Grimm and of course something right out of my early years - Beatrix Potter. Give me one of those stunning covers in replacement of an iPad or Kindle or whatever anyday!
I think I have now visited this particular Edinburgh Museum 3 times and I have found something new to look at every time. The collection is so vast that you could easily while away a few hours without even knowing it.
When you do leave you have the opportunity to take something home with you from your visit to the past from their fab little gift shop. Ask Jake, I love a gift shop haha.

Let me know if you've ever been to the Museum of Childhood and what your favorite part was. Is it something you'd like to visit if you haven't?


12 comments:

  1. I visited the Museum of Childhood when I was there in October and they had a Christmas display where they had given writers an item from the collection and they had a certain number of words to write about that item. We did it on the last morning of our visit so I know I could go again and see lots of other things.
    Kate xx

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    1. Oh really?! I've never seen a Christmas display there before - that sounds cool!
      There is definitely enough there to warrant a 2nd visit eh?

      xo

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  2. I love museums like this! Ahh, I spot some china dolls (I think) I have quite a few of them in the attic back in the UK - I really need to do something about them actually.

    I love seeing photos of your Mum and Dad they always seem like such lovely people and always up for a photo - I know my family never smile when we go out no matter how interesting/exciting the day - even when they pick it! I'm excited to meet your Mum!

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    1. Do you?! I had one when I was younger, it's probably in the attic too. She was called Danielle haha.

      Aw thank you. They are great fun :) She's looking forward to meeting you too.

      xo

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  3. I love the collection of Beatrix Potter books and toys - it was probably one of the very first stories I was read as a child so Peter will always have a special place in my heart. Edinburgh is fast becoming a place I desperately need to visit! Lovely photos as always, and really interesting too! - Tasha

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    1. Aren't they beautiful? Mine too :) I still need to get my set of the books from parents house to display at mine. You really do haha! Just avoid the time that the Fringe is on ;)

      xo

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  4. I've never been, but should I ever visit Edinburgh I think I might have to add this to my list of things to do. I can imagine getting completely lost in there for hours! Great pictures as usual - love the picture of your mum and dad (how much do you look like your mum!!) I wish my parents would pose for a picture like this more often.
    Sarah @ hereyoume.wordpress.com

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    1. If you do ever visit Edinburgh, you will never be at a loss for anything to do that's for sure - so many amazing places to explore.
      Haha Thank you :) they are always up for a laugh.

      xo

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  5. I visited a long time ago and it was great! I love Edinburgh and thankfully it is not too far away, I'd love to take my kids there.

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    1. Oooh cool!! It'd be fun for you to go back with your kids for sure. We're lucky it's only 45mins on the train from here :)

      xo

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  6. I'm glad you said the doll room was creepy because that was the first thing I thought haha! The Teddy Bears look adorable though. I agree about the books and kindles- With an old classic like that I'd definitely love to read the book! I'd love to visit a museum like this! You visit the best places haha! xx

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    1. Lol! Yep - definitely creepy!!
      I've never had a kindle or ipad etc so can't really comment, but I'm pretty sure a real book is the best way to read :P
      You need to come visit up here and see all the fab places!

      xo

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