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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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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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Lunch at the Museum

Excellent lunch served by very attentive staff who couldn't do enough for us. Two courses each and a carafe of house wine for around thirty pounds good value.u

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Galashiels, United Kingdom

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Osprey, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I happened upon this museum by accident after stopping to visit Canongate Kirk and I am so glad I did. The audio visual presentation alone was worth the visit since it was full of information about the city (much of which I am ashamed to say I did not know). This museum is a delight. It is much larger than... More 

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Armidale, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a very interesting museum with 5 floors of historical pieces and documents about Edinburgh. The museum is housed in an old building on the Royal Mile and it was quite amazing how much material is available in what initially appears to be a very small space. We were particularly interested in the history of the Auld Reekie (Old... More 

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Brentwood, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We found this almost by mistake - so glad we did! An amazing collection which helps tell the story of this amazing city.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love museums and can't keep out of any of them so we went and wandered. Not memorable but nice nevertheless.

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Galashiels, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent lunch served by very attentive staff who couldn't do enough for us. Two courses each and a carafe of house wine for around thirty pounds good value.u

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Did not expect much about a free museum, but it was surprisingly good! It was actually much bigger than it seemed to be, and I learnt so much about the history of Edinburgh after visiting. The shop offered some nice and cute postcards too!

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Some of the things we wanted to see in Edinburgh were relics and information pertaining to the Covenanters and later, the Reformation period. There was so much great information in the museum that we came back the next day to further explore the rest of the museum. We loved seeing things there that had been alluded to at other places... More 

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This building alone makes for an interesting look around and then with everything else contained around the place, it adds up to a worthwhile visit. My family of parents and teens are not usually keen to go into museums but as this was free I persuaded them to go in for five minutes. We stayed for an hour I reckon... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I happened upon this museum while I had some time alone while my husband had a seminar. In reading some of the other reviews I see that I unknowingly missed a lot, but I ran out of time anyhow, so I'll just have to return! I believe there is truly something for everyone here. I really enjoyed the local pottery... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Visited the museum on Saturday with my wife,daughter and grandson.This is really a fantastic place to visit cost is free unless you want to leave a donation.You could spend a whole day here and still not see everything.Lots of educational features but shown in fun ways to keep the children interested.Excellent stuffed animals etc.,dinosaurs and mammals too many to mention.You... 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-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.
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