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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 205 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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Sydney, Australia
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166 reviews 166 reviews
113 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Dont let the outside of this wonderful museum put you off. Venture inside and you will be very surprised. We loved the way the items are presented, and whats more, its free. The people working there were keen to share their knowledge on the displays, and seemed genuinely interested in answering questions. A good stop on your way up/down the... More

Melbourne, Australia
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98 reviews 98 reviews
30 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

This museum is on the Royal Mile opposite Canongate Kirk. It is full of history and wonderful artefacts. Also free to enter. Well worth a visit.

Ashton-under-Lyne, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We visited this museum on 31 07 14 it is marvelous there where toys inthere that broughtback some great memories the staff where very helpfull as my wifeuses a stick to walk and we where directed to the lift to go to the first floor would definately recommend this museum if you visit Edinburgh its on the royal mile and... More

Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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470 reviews 470 reviews
274 attraction reviews
229 helpful votes 229 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We have to be honest and say that we had travelled down the Royal Mile to visit The Canongate Kirk, but that was closed for a choir rehearsal. However, we were then attracted to this Museum that is opposite and this proved to be our lucky day. This is an absolute treasure trove of diverse items which benefits close inspection... More

london county hall
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201 reviews 201 reviews
123 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Follow the royal mile downhill to Canongate and you will come across this delightful museum. It is two interconnected buildings dated from the 16th century. Inside it is more than a museum the building has character and wonderful old features. It is free to enter and not too daunting on a hot summers day. We arrived at 2 0 clock... More

Devon, United Kingdom
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58 reviews 58 reviews
34 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Friendly staff, a bigger museum than People's Story across the road. It gives great insight into the city's past and has a good collection of artefacts. There is also a wonderful kids room where they are welcome to try on costumes and also do craft/colouring for either 5p or 10p per sheet. They provide all the scissors/glue etc. There is... More

Santa Rosa, California
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57 reviews 57 reviews
38 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Nice small museum about the city of Edinburgh and its history. A bit spread out. Things for children to interact with.

Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
23 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We visited the Museum of Edinburgh on 15th July with our daughters aged 9 and 4.5 years. Admission is free and worth visiting. Lots of artefacts and information on upper floors including a great art area that the kids can draw/make models in for a small donation to museum. Our younger daughter was more interested in following the colourful footprints... More

Derby, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
15 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Set on the Royal Mile in a superbly renovated historic house.this is treasure trove of well presented artefacts. Great interactive stuff for kids - such as crafts and costumes to try on just two minor negatives. Layout gets a little confusing and only explanations are in English. Oh and the toilet is a museum piece.

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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622 reviews 622 reviews
382 attraction reviews
186 helpful votes 186 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I really love this little museum, the building it is in is worth a visit in itself but the exhibits are great a real insight into Old Edinburgh Life.just love it.Biggest bonus is that it is free. what's not to like.

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