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Museum of Childhood reopens after five-month revamp

The Edinburgh museum was granted £200,000 to refurbish the main ground floor gallery.

Reopen: The museum was closed for five-months.
Reopen: The museum was closed for five-months. STV

The Museum of Childhood in Edinburgh has reopened to the public after its first major refurbishment in more than 30 years.

The museum, dedicated to the history of childhood, was closed for five months for a revamp of the main ground floor gallery, costing approximately £200,000.

Opened in 1955, the five-floored museum boasts an incredible collection of toys, games and artefacts from British childhoods.

Families from across the city who had won a "golden ticket" competition were amongst the first visitors to see the upgraded Royal Mile attraction.

In addition to new displays, the museum has added interactive and digital exhibits as well as dress-up and play areas.

Councillor Donald Wilson, the Culture and Communities Convener, said: "With over 225,000 visitors every year, the Museum is one of Edinburgh's flagship venues.

"Its impressive collection of more than 60,000 objects reflecting childhoods from the 18th century to the present day has been recognised as of national importance by the Scottish Government, which has generously funded much of the refit through Museums Galleries Scotland grants.

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"The refurbishment allows us to tell the story of childhood in new ways on the ground floor, and engage young people in Edinburgh in the history of these objects and how they relate to Scotland's shared social history."

The museum will now be opened seven days a week, all year round, thanks to additional funding from the council.

The reopening of the Museum is a major highlight in the Scottish Government's Year of Young People 2018.

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Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: "Scotland has a rich cultural heritage and our many wonderful museums play a vital role in telling that story.

"Edinburgh's Museum of Childhood is a fantastic example of that and I am delighted that the Scottish Government, through Museums Galleries Scotland, has been able to support its redevelopment.

"2018 is the Scottish Government's themed Year of Young People and this reopening provides the opportunity for the Museum to engage with new young audiences."

The new area presents visitors with 60 newly displayed objects documenting blasts from the past like Muffin the Mule, the first star of children's television, to favourite toys which last the test of time including a Buzz Lightyear action figure from 2000 and a Fisher-Price Chatter Telephone from 1979.

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