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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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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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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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We stopped by after visiting the Palace of Holyroodhouse to break our walk along the Royal Mile. We didn't get to see all of the museum, but what we did see was very informative... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

We stopped by after visiting the Palace of Holyroodhouse to break our walk along the Royal Mile. We didn't get to see all of the museum, but what we did see was very informative on how the city evolved over the years. We also saw a video about the history of the city that was projected onto the floor. Although... More 

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Bathgate
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

We spent a good few hours wandering about. Plenty to see, maybe too much. Avoided the restraunt as it was a little bit too pricey! Very entertaining day.

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Knaresborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

The introductory film display paints an excellent picture of the formation and development of Edinburgh and the further exhibits add interest and substance to the visit. Well worth an hour on any tourist itinerary.

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Taichung, Taiwan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Excellent free museum that has a 15 minute film introducing the history of Edinburgh. This is very informative. Nice displays to give an insight to growth of the city. Finally there is a great little court yard to relax and have a coffee before continuing your tour of Edinburgh.

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Santa Fe NM
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Spent more time here then I expected and still didn't make it to the top floor. What I saw was great info on 17th century social/religious upheaval. Made much of what I saw in other parts of the city more understandable.

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

This museum explains the development of Edinburgh from its fiery volcanic beginnings to the modern city it is today. Except for some overly long volcano graphics on the video display it was great.

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Tenerife, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

The hours flew by when we paid a visit, always good to see and learn new things. I really like the history but the science had me drawn, even the rocks and minerals... I guess there is where the time went :-)

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Gainesville, fl
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

This little museum is unimpressive from the street, but contains five floors of memorabilia and is well worth a visit. The first two floors date from the early sixteenth century! you can get a sense of the early history of the city and also see a variety of historical artifacts. Take an hour or so and see it.

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

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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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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Additional Information about The Museum of Edinburgh

Address: Address: 142 Canongate | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH8 8DD, Scotland
Phone Number: 0131 529 4143
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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.