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The Museum of Edinburgh

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Address: 142 Canongate | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH8 8DD, Scotland
Phone Number: 0131 529 4143
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Description: 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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Much bigger than you think

From the front of the museum, you'd think it would take a few minutes to walk through this attraction. It is much larger than you think... it seemed to go on forever. The video... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Omemee, Canada
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Omemee, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

From the front of the museum, you'd think it would take a few minutes to walk through this attraction. It is much larger than you think... it seemed to go on forever. The video at the start of the visit is very informative... I wish I had seen it prior to visiting the Royal Mile. We started at the Edinburgh... More 

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Fort Worth
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Free museum. Starts with a nice video shown on a large screen set into the floor of the room and then moves up and down through a variety of rooms. The museum has spread through several small adjoining buildings and the architecture is pretty interesting. The historical artifacts are neat and the history teaching is good (although it skipped lightly... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

We live near Edinburgh and happened to be walking past this with time to spare . It was free so we went in and I am very glad we did as it passed a pleasant hour for us and would interest and inform visitors about the history of our wonderful city. The artefacts are housed in an original building where... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

A really interesting little museum, well worth a visit. As well as lots of interesting displays, it has a room with seating and in the centre is a large screen set into the floor which tells the story of Edinburgh from its volcanic eruption to present day. This is a great free museum, which is every bit as enlightening and... More 

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Guildford, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

This is certainly one of the better free museums I have been to, but isn't a MUST SEE by any means. My wife and I visited this museum purely on the basis that we needed to kill a couple of hours before our flight home and that it was free entrance! I'm happy to say that, once inside, it's actually... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Recommended by a friend, I found the museum in an area I usually walk while in Edinburgh (on my way to Cadenheads). The museum is free and offers an excellent overview of Edinburgh's growth through a film and via fascinating models of the city. The film is worth your time as is a climb up the stairs to the 2nd... More 

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Surrey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

This museum gives a good overview of the city. It should appeal to everyone as there was plenty of information to read for those with a keen interest and an absorbing video to watch for those who want something quicker. It pulls together all you learn about the city from visiting other attractions and is worth a visit for that... More 

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Newport News, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Take a step back and relish in this city's rich and vibrant history. It costs nothing but your time to walk and learn about how this great city has evolved over the centuries. Take a few moments and step back in time to learn much about this beloved city!

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Calgary
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Small, like physically small. My shoulder barely fit through the stairways. The content is a little kitschy, but in a historical context. It was kind of meh. I wouldn't make a trip here specifically. I walked by, decided to go in and I don't regret it. At least it was free and a nice break from the usual touristyness of... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

It's a great museum, particularly enjoyed the video explaining the history of the city. We very nearly just walked past it but really pleased we ventured inside. It was a lot bigger than I expected it to be.

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Staying in Old Town

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Old Town
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-flavored 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.