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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 is another free museum (though we did give a donation) situated on The Royal Mile between Edinburgh Castle and The Palace of Holyroodhouse (though closer to the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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Brisbane, Queensland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

This is another free museum (though we did give a donation) situated on The Royal Mile between Edinburgh Castle and The Palace of Holyroodhouse (though closer to the latter). There are several floors of displays, but the stand-out for me was the film, screened on a huge monitor on the floor. It was really interesting and informative, showing the history... More 

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Petaling Jaya, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

The museum looks small from the outside. You might miss it if you're not really looking for it. It tells you the history of Edinburgh, what else! The ground floor is focussed on the planning of the city. There is a short video show as well which was very interesting. The other floors had artefacts on display. There is a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

With 2 young boys who do not stand still. I was very impressed with this find. They really listened to the information facts I read to them. The film about Edinburgh really captured their interests. A must visit for everyone

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Unfortunately unable to access main exhibition area as stairs are involved and there is no lift. However, the staff were helpful and suggested the video of the history of Edinburgh which was on ground level. The video showed the history of Edinburgh from its volcanic start. The video lasted seventeen minutes and really informative.The staff suggested we visit the People's... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We were on one of the bus tours, and unfortunately we felt overwhelmed and lost by our tour guide. We jumped off the bus! And then we just happened to land at this musuem, where they gave us some historical context for what we seeing, including an effective film. Now, I'm not usually into films in museums, but this one... More 

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Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Worth paying a visit, to enjoy the various displays and information re Edinburgh. No entrance fee and a decent place to spend a couple of hours looking at the exhibits.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

This museum has an eclectic collection of items displayed in a beautiful building. Well worth a visit and we will certainly be back. All the areas are themed and range from a collection of birds through various scientific equipment and an original totem pole

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Scotland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Ive always walked past this place but decided to stop, when going thro the front door i spoke to the man on the desk, really friendly, building is worth looking

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Dudley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 via mobile

A smallish looking outside that looks no bigger than any of the shops down the road to which it sits. But go in and your sure to find something your interested in. The video gives a great account of the history of Edinburgh and gives you endless facts about how its been fought for over the century's. Then you can... More 

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Falkirk, Scotland, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

The most interesting thing about this museum is its premises. Worth visiting for that alone. Large displays of glassware and silverware if you like that sort of thing. Various displays caught my interest, including those on the New Town, Earl Haig, and Greyfriars Bobby.

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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.