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The Museum of Edinburgh

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Address: 142 Canongate | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH8 8DD, Scotland
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+44 131 529 4143
10:00 - 17:00
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The Museum of Edinburgh is the City’s treasure box - a maze of historic...

The Museum of Edinburgh is the City’s treasure box - a maze of historic rooms crammed full of iconic objects from the Capital’s past. Find out about the history of Edinburgh from the earliest times to the present day. Discover more about the city, its people, crafts and trades and the beautiful objects they created.The Museum is also home to Foundation Edinburgh - The Story of a City, a fascinating and unique audiovisual presentation devoted to Edinburgh's turbulent history, from volcanic beginnings to modern day cultural Capital.

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A bit like Tardis - much more inside than I expected from the outside. It doesn't take long to look round but it's free and was quite interesting. There's a small display about... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A bit like Tardis - much more inside than I expected from the outside. It doesn't take long to look round but it's free and was quite interesting. There's a small display about Greyfriars Bobby as well as a lot of other stuff about Edinburgh's history. The desk assistant was very helpful as well. They often have exhibitions - there... More 

Thank skimad57
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Small and tucked away (i had previously missed it) on the Royal Mile. Small and quirky museum dedicated to the history of Edinburgh. Really recommend

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The museum is a pretty building on the outside and that was what took my attention. I went there only because I had time and the admission was free. The staff was really nice inside. The museum didn't win my heart though... I wouldn't regret if I would skip it.

Thank Joanna W
Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When I walked inside the Museum of Edinburgh it appeared like this museum did not have much to offer. But when you go to the second floor there are many small rooms and thats when you really get to see the best things on display. There was one room in particular that caught my interest because it had a lot... More 

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Coral Springs, Florida
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Museum of Edinburgh is the home of the literature of Scotland. Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson. Burns was Scotland's bard, extolling his native land in poetry. Stevenson stirred the Scottish soul with evocative classics, "Kidnapped", and "Treasure Island." Scott, who wrote the historical novel's ' Ivanhoe" and "Rob Roy", revived pride in Highland culture. With the... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Really interesting and informative and easy to navigate around all the exhibits and it was free of charge or make a donation

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Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

Deceptively large with lots of little rooms, enjoyed the Haig rooms and loved the pottery . Very nice museum, good for whiling away an hour or two. It was nice to see quite a few people visiting

Thank EssexYvonne
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

We really loved all the attractions we visited, Royal Yacht Britania, The Surgeons Museum and the National Museum and many others. But this Museum was our absolute favourite. In such an historic building with excellent and varied displays. For me a highlight was Greyfriar Bobbbies collar and toher items. the Earl Haig display was also very interesting. Well worth a... More 

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Sacramento, California
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

I liked the fact, that it was in an old house so I could check out the architecture. Lots of cool stuff displayed but a little too much of the same. Highlight was the video with the history of the city.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 March 2017

I was surprised by the many rooms, carefully itemised with displays. I admired the beams in the little room, fitted out with tables. chairs, paper and crayons; where children could express themselves. The old city models were interesting, the old photographs, silver, Greyfriars Bobby’s dish. etc. – so much to see. Outside was the courtyard, with various items of interest.... More 

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Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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