The Museum of Edinburgh

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The Museum of Edinburgh
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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The area
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Neighborhood: 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.
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vikkip
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Very interesting museum
Oct 2021
What a lovely museum this is. It's a bit like a tardis because from the outside it looks quite small but it encompasses quite a large number of rooms and the displays are so interesting and varied. It was nice to visit somewhere that is just about Edinburgh, rather than it being just Scotland. I would definitely recommend a visit if you are in Edinburgh. We found when we went that most attractions that were open (quite a lot were not) had to be booked but you could just walk into this museum which was nice as if it's a sunny day you don't always want to be inside but if you've booked you have to go so on the drizzly day we were passing by it was nice to be able to pop in and be interested and intrigued for a good 2+ hours. Well worth a visit.
Written October 28, 2021
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plsdeluno
United Kingdom177 contributions
A Nice Find
Sep 2021
We really enjoyed this museum, its not what it appears from the outside, from the outside it looks very small. On entering what a surprise how big the museum is, its spread over varias floors. Very imformative and a great way to see the history of the city.
All staff very friendly and informative, we nearly didnt enter as we assumed it was just a room to see, what a surprise, I would definatly give it a visit.
Written September 28, 2021
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runton
england84 contributions
Exceptional staff
Sep 2021
On our way to see the latest demonstrations outside Holyrood, we stumbled on this gem of a museum. Our welcome was exceptional, and all staff were very helpful. Museum was free and very interesting. Just what we needed. Would recommend to anyone.
Written September 20, 2021
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Ian F
14 contributions
A Treasure Trove
Sep 2021
From the outside it is very deceptive to the large amount of contents of the museum. The range of artifacts is huge and depicts the history of the city. Very interesting and well worth a visit.
Written September 19, 2021
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Jack S
Bollington, UK47 contributions
Worth a visit.
Sep 2021 • Couples
Full of interesting information and the building itself is amazing . It was really worth a visit. Many thanks. The Douglas Hague exhibits was a bonus.
Written September 17, 2021
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craig0103
perthshire36 contributions
Museum of Edinburgh
Sep 2021
Sat opposite this museum and thought nothing much about it as we thought it looked like it was a small building. On getting up from our hard earned break we decided we would go and have a look, well this little place certainly did not disappoint it is certainly bigger than it looks! Once inside this museum is free and it has loads to see and it is very interesting. Staff are friendly and helpful, cleaning all the time.
Don’t just walk past this museum go and have a look for yourselves it is very interesting and I will go back.
Written September 4, 2021
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Millymollymandy28
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK108 contributions
Huge Museum
Jun 2021
Huge museum, tons to see. Give yourself plenty of time, unfortunately we went a bit later in the day as we didn't realise how big it was and didn't get to see everything. Well set out and informative. Would definitely visit again next time I'm in Edinburgh
Written June 24, 2021
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LankyOmaha
Dallas, TX241 contributions
A Great Little Museum
Oct 2019
This museum does a great job of telling the history of edinburgh. The exhibits are well laid out. It is much larger than it looks to be from the outside.
Written March 22, 2020
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Gearoid O O
Athlone, Ireland703 contributions
Never Judge a Book by its Cover
Mar 2020
From the outside this looks to be a little museum but it is surprisingly spacious inside and the building itself (Huntly House) dates from the late 15th century and is very interesting in its own right. It is a local museum for Edinburgh - not the National Museum - so don't expect state-of-the-art display but you can expect a friendly welcome, and something for everyone in this ecclectic collection of aretfacts relating to the history of Edinburgh. There is a very informative audio-visual presentation on the history of Edinburgh from the earliest times and the development of the New Town. The museum also houses wonderful collections of silver, glass and ceramics as well as the more mundane and curious exhibits one would expect to find in any local museum.
If you are interested in the Greyfriars Bobby story you can see his feeding bowl and dog collar or if you are interested in military history there is an extensive collection of material relating to Field Marshal Douglas Haig (1861-1928) who was born in Edinburgh.
This museum is a great introduction to the history of this wonderful city and given that entry is free I would suggest a generous voluntary contribution to the funds will help to keep the doors open and to improve the standards of display.
Allow 1-2 hours for your visit to the Museum of Edinburgh but as a free attraction you could just pop in and out to see what attractions it holds for you.
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Written March 16, 2020
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giannis a
Edinburgh, UK48 contributions
Excellent
Feb 2020
One of the best museum i have ever been. The building is amazing. Very clean and old. You can learn all the history of Edinburgh and what about is Edinburgh. Perfect!!
Written February 21, 2020
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