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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 #83 of 458 things to do 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
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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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Grimsby, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

We visited lots of museum in Edinburgh but this was our least favourite.The silver and pottery was like stuff in every other museum.The best thing we thought was grayfriars bobby and his collar.Nice old building though.

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Sunderland, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Personally, me and my Mam didn't find this museum very interesting. It seemed like they had collected a lot of left-overs from other places and a lot of it was very arty which isn't our thing. Few interesting exhibits to see but overall we didn't spend much time here.

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Prague, Czech Republic
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I completely missed that museum on my first visit to Edinburgh, and only after seeing it on the map was I able to actually find it in reality. I found it surpisingly large, as from the outside it seems that it only occupies one small building, while actually it takes up several neighbouring houses as well (at least that's how... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Came across this museum whilst walking down the royal mile from the outside it looked really small but when you go up the stairs there are loads of exhibits on two floors. Loved seeing Greyfriars Bobbies display with is collar in. Nice exhibits of pottery glass and silver. Some really good exhibits to see and its free to get in....well... More 

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Wishaw, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Went a walk down to see the parliament building and popped in here for a quick look. It's a lot bigger than it looks from the outside and contains loads of items of interest. Well worth a visit and children will love the activity area. Plenty of arts and crafts to keep them busy and who doesn't want to see... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

One of the free museums at Edinburgh situated at Royal Mile.Quite small looking from outside but really deceptive...inside its a labyrinth with many floors and stairs. Treasures the great collection pertaining to history of Scotland.Exhibits pottery and silver n porcelien ware nicely.Also many interesting finds like Grey Friar Bobby's collar and dish,new city plan etc. Recommended highly for young kids... More 

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Peschiera Borromeo, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

I have been here with my brother. The museum is not very big but it owns some old interesting pieces of the past centuries. The entrance is free. I think it's worth to get into and have a look.

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Kelso, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Really enjoyed our visit to this free museum. Lots of interesting exhibits, relating to industry in Edinburgh. Magnificent silverware and glassware on view. Original plans for the New Town are on show from 12 until 2 daily. At other times copies are on show. Lots of activities for children.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

The size of the museum is deceptive from the outside. It has a number of floors and rooms. It gives a fascinating history of Edinburgh. Very friendly and helpful staff. Well worth a visit.

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We visited this museum with my family for something to do on a cold and rainy day day and it was great, I actually forgot how much was here as it has been years since I was last there. I cannot fault it at all this is something that you should do at least once on a visit to Edinburgh... More 

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