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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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Gives you context for your sightseeing!

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... read more

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

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 NEW

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 NEW via mobile

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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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
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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Filey, England, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Even though it's free I don't feel it was worth the visit. The items on show are boring i.e. A whole room of silver items in a display case with barely a description. Was not fascinating to me my husband or our son. Plus the whole time we were looking staff members followed us around watching us, made me feel... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 via mobile

Had a great time liked all the Egypt Greek Roman and of course scottish artefacts could spend days in the museum

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 via mobile

It's an odd thing to say about a museum - needs updating! But the displays looked tired and need to be presented in a more engaging way.

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Grimsby, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

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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