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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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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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Well worth a visit and free entry

This is a free museum covering the history of Edinburgh. I visited here because I had two hours spare before my pre-booked and expensive tour of Mary King's Close. (the Mary... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Livingston, United Kingdom

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Free museum entrance. Lots of interesting exhibits from Scottish history - silver ware, historical people and many of their possessions, ancient skeletons of people, etc. There was a dress-up area for kids (and young at heart) to experience the clothing of yesteryear. Very interesting.

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Livingston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a free museum covering the history of Edinburgh. I visited here because I had two hours spare before my pre-booked and expensive tour of Mary King's Close. (the Mary King's Close tour actually covered much of the same history but in much less depth). Two hours is barely enough time to get round the museum and there is... More 

Thank Tigerfeet2014
Wilmington, Kent
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33 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We were just ambling along the Royal Mile when we passed this and thought 'Why not have a look?' So glad we did as the exhibitions were very interesting and the staff were really friendly and welcoming.

Thank S_PWilmington_Kent
Falkirk, United Kingdom
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78 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed a walk around this small museum on the Royal Mile. Lots to see and enjoy. Well worth a visit.

Thank LornaScotland
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34 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the museum this morning and enjoyed looking at the old items and gadgets. It's good to be free and have some history at no expense

Thank Em C
Inverurie, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Surprisingly large Tardis like museum, my wife and I only went in as the rain was so heavy. Really glad we did as there are lots of interesting exhibits......well worth a visit

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Gatwick UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

a very interesting place to buy tartans and see them made. Its a bit touristy and not cheap, but you can see everything from whisky to tartans. Its worth a visit but do not go overboard and buy up all that Scottish!

Thank ColinHawkes
London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited the sections on Scottish history before 1700. For those interested in Picts, Scots, the Scottish Burghs, Witchcraft, covenanters or automated public beheadings, this is probably the best museum in the world. One can only hope that an independent Scotland will not revert to its pre-Union state.

Thank hughm82
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In this museum you going to discovery why Edinburgh has this shape and how their grow until today. Just amazing!

Thank Cristiano A
Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I really liked this little museum, it just keeps going on and on and was bigger than I expected! It's nice to just wander around on a rainy cold day and soak up Edinburgh's history!

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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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