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The Museum of Edinburgh

142 Canongate | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH8 8DD, Scotland
0131 529 4143
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Ranked #46 of 204 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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Santa Rosa, California
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57 reviews 57 reviews
38 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

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

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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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

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Derby, United Kingdom
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54 reviews 54 reviews
14 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 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.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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360 attraction reviews
164 helpful votes 164 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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Dublin, Ireland
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49 reviews 49 reviews
35 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This little museum is close to the People's Story and also the Museum of Childhood. It's free and full of friendly staff! It spans over two floors and has some amazing artifacts and stories. Lovely display on Greyfriars Bobby which includes his collar,bowl, photo and other memorabilia. Particularly interesting especially if you visit the statue and grave.

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Thessaloniki, Greece
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

A great place to learn about Edinburgh's history. Very well organised and had a quite rear excibition. We spent more time than we thought there. Don't miss it! I advice you to go on the first day of your trip. It's nice to know where you are walking on...

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nashville
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Really enjoyed this. The Edinburgh museum was much larger than I thought it would be. But then again, there is a a great deal of history to be told. Firstly, it was FREE. Another wonderful asset to the City of Edinburgh. Thank You. It was quite fascinating seeing tool and instruments that were amazingly made from before Christ Jesus. The... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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58 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

This museum has lots of interesting information about the history of Edinburgh, attractively laid out and, like so many of the museums and art galleries of Scotland, free! Worth a visit.

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New York City
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39 reviews 39 reviews
36 attraction reviews
425 helpful votes 425 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Over the years, I've been to Edinburgh's Royal Mile several times and have always rushed straight past The Museum of Edinburgh en route to some better known attraction. This time I stopped at the entrance and went in and I'm so glad that I did. Chances are that if we could go back in time, most of us would neither... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

This is one of the best museums I have ever visited. The staff were so helpful and informative and went the extra mile to make our visit memorable. Having found the place purely by chance - did not notice it mentioned in my guide book. Will be back on our next visit to the city.

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