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The Museum of Edinburgh

Address: 142 Canongate | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH8 8DD, Scotland
Phone Number: 0131 529 4143
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Ranked #43 of 156 Attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Owner description: The Museum of Edinburgh is the City’s treasure box - a maze of...
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Type: Museums
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

Stopped off to do a animation workshop with my 9 and 12 year old. They had am amazing time and it gave me a chance to wander round the museum. It is a lot bigger than I expected and has some strange and fascinating exhibits, ranging from the collar and dinner dish of grayfriars Bobby to a large selection of... More 

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Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

Was pleasantly surprised to find so, so much inside this huge museum- could've spent the whole afternoon there but stayed for around 2 hours. Lots of incredible exhibitions: the animal kingdom and South Americas bits were my favourite :)

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West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

We only called in to avoid the rain, but what a bit of good luck. The museum was much bigger than expected from the outside giving an excellent insight into the history of the city. It's people, it's industry. It's all here. As a retired firefighter the display of old firefighting items was a pleasant surprise. A huge amount of... More 

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West Bromwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Spent an hour here,discovering what Edinburgh used to be like,a trip through it's sporting history,it's industries and the Earl Haig collection. On several floors of a restored Edinburgh property,with knowledgeable staff,1 of the staff came out after we had left to give us some literature on the building he had printed off ,and spent 10 minutes chatting to us about... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 via mobile

We came across the Museum by chance on our walk back along the Royal Mile having visited Holyrood Palace. What a wonderful find. From the outside it looks like a small house but it is so much larger when you enter and is a veritable warren of displays with lots of interesting articles. I particularly liked the Greyfriars Bobby display... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This small museum was an accidental stop for us, but we're so glad we did. The original maps of Edinburgh's New Town are here, in earlier draft forms as well as the patched (edited) final version. In the small reading room adjacent to the maps is an excellent large-format background to the development of New Town in multiple phases. It... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Subbled accross this while walking the streets exploring. Some facinating artifacts and plenty of things to look at. Staff we're very plesent aswell

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

This museum is bigger than it looks. As a visitor, it gave an overview of Edinburgh, but not as much information on its history as I would have liked.

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Bury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

We came here as it was pouring down and needed somewhere to pass the time indoors! it was an interesting little place with some nice craft activities and dress up for our two sons aged six and two!

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Found this place as part of my Edinburgh trip. There are some interesting items but some of it seemed irrelevant now that the Commonwealth Games have finished. Might consider a return but may give it a miss in future.

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