I'm a fan of small museums and I came to see the writer's museum as part of a trip to Edinburgh and while I enjoyed the trip it wasn't as I expected it to be....
The museum is focused on three main authors that impacted Scotland; Robert Louis Steveson, Sir Walter Scott, and Robert Burns. The museum is divided over several small floors in a fantastic old manor house and it has such a distinct theme due to it's location and facilities it is worth seeing for that along.
My two major disappointments was this; I was expecting a museum focused on the history of writing in Scotland and giving examples of other Scottish authors and their works. I think this museum should perhaps consider renaming itself the Famous Writer's Musuem. Being nonscottish I didn't know much about the three authors that the museum focused on so perhaps it went over my head slightly; I certainly learned a bit about these three though when I was there so it shouldn't deter you from coming to see them too.
The second part was I felt the collections need a bit of moving around and updating; at times I didn't feel engaged enough to stand and take interest in what was on display, although that may have again been the subject matter of the exhibitions. These are three prime examples of Scottish writing and for an Englishman such as me looking to see Scottish writing as a whole I think that is where my disappointment was.
If the museum could even just expand their collections slightly to include other examples of Scottish writing, I think it would attract not just people interested particularly in Scottish writing but other casual visitors as well. As it stands this is a good example a niche museum and being just off the Royal Mile it should be very easy to include this museum in your visit of Edinburgh city centre.
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