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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
12:00 pm - 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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Another place I have often walked past.

Don't take as long as I did to visit here. There is room after room of exhibits from silverware to pottery to famous people such as Earl Haig to more local people. I even found a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Lyall D
Edinburgh UK
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Johnson City, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

From the outside this place looks pretty small but once inside it is like the Tardis in Dr Who and keeps going on and on and seems never ending, but that is a good thing as this FREE Museum is chock full of local potteries, silver and glassware, paintings and exhibits that are obviously displayed with pride in their origins.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't take as long as I did to visit here. There is room after room of exhibits from silverware to pottery to famous people such as Earl Haig to more local people. I even found a mention of my great, great, great Aunt Meg Flucker a fishwife from Newhaven in a print of local worthies.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A free museum with a diverse collection to help people learn about urbanization and development of cities across history. Some of the materials are out of date and display more of the collections than one might be interested in but the kids' interactive displays are enjoyable and a visit to the courtyard is recommended, especially for Sherlock Holmes fans, where... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum looks small from the outside but when we went through it it turned out to be quite big. Lots of interesting exhibits. Scottish pottery, weapons, things and the like. Nice place for a stop if you have some extra time on hand.

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Morecambe, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A lovely place, which is a lot bigger than it looks. Plenty of information and an interactive play/ dressing up area for children. here you will find out the story of Bobby the dog, interesting reading and you can see his collar and bowl!

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Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

threading from room to room and era to era lots of interest. perhaps too many rooms devoted to silverware which pales with repetition. large section of Haig war general now very current with great war memories - made me cry with anger at the human waste contrasted with the staff officers protected position..

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Driffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An interesting little museum with local history. Was very warm and oppressive inside, making the walk round uncomfortable.

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Chittlehampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a find. The museum is full of artefacts related to Edinburghs history. A good place to gain a real understanding of the city, its inhabitants and their way of life.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very interesting museum unfolding Edinburgh's history with a range of beautiful exhibits. Lacks in visitor engagement and interaction and could do with a refurbishment. It definitely worths a visit, but don't expect a thrilling experience!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A collection of items of significance from the history of the city. we were most interested in the items from the Greyfriars Bobby, the famous dog. Was a little further outside of the city center, so it was a little bit of a trek, but a good place to see.

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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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