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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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this aplace to vist if you are in Edinburgh its on the royal mile its aplace full off old toys off past aplace to vist with children alot off history to be learned

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

this aplace to vist if you are in Edinburgh its on the royal mile its aplace full off old toys off past aplace to vist with children alot off history to be learned

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

I don't know if I missed something, but all I found in there was a load of papers stuck to the wall and a floor show of Edinburgh through the ages

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

In a city where most attractions are quite pricey it was refreshing to find that this one was free (although we did make a donation). It's worth visiting here early in your stay in Edinburgh so that your wanderings around the city are put into perspective. The museum looks quite small on the outside but behind the facade there is... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

A really interesting and informative free museum. Helps to put your Edinburgh experience into perspective. A maze of rooms, not always well-signposted. Don't miss the helpful video on the ground floor.

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Nuneaton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Well worth a quick visit if you are in Edinburgh. The development and reasons behindsome of the features of this great city are clearly explained

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

I can understand why this museum receives mixed reviews but I think it is certainly worth a visit. There is no charge, it is on the main thoroughfare of the Royal Mile at the Canongate and it provides considerable insight into the development of the city. It does have exhibits that cover the growth of Edinburgh from its earliest origins... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015 via mobile

This is a nice museum to pop into. It is relatively small, but has a surprising amount of information. Its purpose is to illustrate Edinburgh's growth and development, from its geological inception millions of years ago to its current state. There is an excellent video that is well worth watching, and the displays are also very interesting. I feel that... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

In an old medieval house. Many but not particularly interesting items on display. Free entry. Not a must-see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Wonderful social history of Edinburgh. Especially enjoyed the various exhibits supported by wonderful testimonies from the past. Also very helpful and enthusiastic staff. Well worth an hour or so of your time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

We were only in Edinburgh for part of an afternoon, and several people had mentioned that the terrace garden on the roof is the best place to see a 360-degree view. And it's free! So we walked up there from Waverley station (quite a climb!) and were not disappointed. The good weather helped, of course, but we really enjoyed seeing... 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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