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The Museum of Edinburgh

142 Canongate | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH8 8DD, Scotland
0131 529 4143
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Ranked #40 of 207 Attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Museums
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The Museum of Edinburgh is rather small but it was a could start for the visit and gives the basic information on the city.

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Tanvald, Jablonec nad Nisou, Czech Republic
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Wonderful free experience for you if you don't know, what to do with your day. I was in all four little museums (not counting the National Museum of Scotland) and this and Writer's museum definitely went for the win! interesting facts, really nice staff and even fun activities available!

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Wicklow, Ireland
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36 reviews 36 reviews
28 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 via mobile

This free museum is a welcome change as Edinburgh is full of pay per view tourist traps. It is full of interesting artifacts and the building itself is a fascinating labyrinth. You will need a good hour to explore it all.

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High wycombe
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27 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This is my second time I have here. Its Free and great place to be very rich in Histroy of Edinburgh past history story 3 floors of reading and looking at past. Would I come back? Yes

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

The Museum of Edinburgh - entry is free, very neatly maintained. You need to spend atleast 2-4 hrs if you want to cover everything. This place is for learning. Go to a Museum only if you are kinda of person who likes history, science etc. Do not go there for the sake of visiting a museum.

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Joinville, SC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

By far the best (and the most expensive) attraction in Edinburgh. My wife and I went there just before Hogmanay, so it was a bit chilly; make sure to go as early as possible, it tends to get dark quite early in December. The Castle is actually a complex of other buildings, including other galleries, prisons, etc, so give yourself... More

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NYC
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

This is another great free museum on Edinburgh's "Museum Mile." It is home of Greyfriar Bobby's dog collar and dish. This is a nice, quiet museum that was comfortable to roam around in the day that I visited. If you love learning about the cities that you travel to like I do, you will enjoy this museum.

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London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

It does not look welcoming if you look at the building form outside. however, it is very attractive when get inside, so many things deserves to have a look at, the museum so much quite, and the staff so friendly and worm!

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Whalley, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Whilst waiting for our slot on the Scottish Parliament Tour (1 hr spare) we went into this Museum and so glad we did. Really interesting for all ages. A History of Edinburgh through the ages and how it evolved. Could have spent much longer there

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Utica, Michigan
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Excellent museum. Edinburgh history can be found from the start through current times and is awesome to see with all the porcelain, glass and silver that was produced during those times. It is a real GEM that most people miss when visiting Edinburgh. The only reason we even knew about it was because of a small Greyfriars Bobby display that... More

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