The Museum of Edinburgh
The Museum of Edinburgh
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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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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Mel S
Swineshead, UK419 contributions
Oct 2022
A beautiful building both inside and out filled with many interesting pieces of history. We spent a good 30 minutes looking round the museum discovering interesting facts about life in Edinburgh and the local area. Staff were very friendly and helpful and it was free to enter.
Written October 20, 2022
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vikkip
18 contributions
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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HW31
Dudley, UK152 contributions
Apr 2023 • Friends
Well worth a visit to this free museum. The building is an absolute warren of rooms, every time I thought we'd finished there was another little door leading to another section. Pretty much everything you can think of is covered - greyfriars Bobby, history of pottery, the fire of Edinburgh, world wars, old town and new town. There's so much packed into this building.
Written April 28, 2023
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Thermidorthelobster
Blackpool, UK25 contributions
Oct 2022 • Family
This is a pretty bog standard collection of stuff in cases with labels. Not much to interact with or to engage the kids.

We arrived ten minutes before the final entry time. I naively assumed this would give us time to look around. As it was, we were followed around the entire museum by a lady jangling keys, locking doors the moment we went through and even turning the lights off while we were still trying to look at stuff. I appreciate they need to close, but we were going through quite quickly as it was, and if they’re so desperate to get people out they should bring the last entry time forwards fifteen minutes.

Overall it was as unwelcoming a museum as I’ve ever visited.
Written October 3, 2022
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alanmac56
East Calder, UK49 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
Although I live in the area I’d never been here. Definitely worth visiting. Entry is free and the displays are very interesting and well laid out. The fact that it is housed in a very old building adds to the atmosphere and experience. Spread out over several floors the items on display are a nice mix with great descriptions and back stories. Staff are very friendly and helpful. If your in the area of the Royal Mile be sure to put this on your ‘To Do’ list, I don’t think you will be disappointed. Be sure to make a donation on the way out to ensure places like this remain open.
Written April 8, 2023
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vessi80
North Lanarkshire, UK1,070 contributions
Aug 2022
Huntly House is an atmospheric, wood panelled maze of fine rooms which are a testament to the wealthy merchants and landowners of the city and to the ordinary citizens who often had a more difficult life.
The collection is vast. First class glass (sorry, crystal) and a superb stash of silver.
Fine Lothian pottery and ceramics. Historical documents like the National Covenant and New Town Plans live side by side with Greyfriars Bobby's collar , bowl and bust.
Staff were so friendly and informed , even about the 'Gardez Loo' display.
There's also a lovely small courtyard and garden area for the Outlander fans.
Written August 12, 2022
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lincolnhatter
Lincoln, UK677 contributions
Mar 2022
When we saw the Museum of Edinburgh on a stroll down Canongate we thought we would have a look in (its free after all), now we love Edinburgh its a beautiful, historic city with much to tell, so we were expecting a lot of exhibits and information telling the history of Edinburgh.

Now some parts of the city's history are covered but it is not a comprehensive timeline of exhibits and information, far from it, it's a collection of random items really, glassware, silverware, some info on the New Town.

Found the display about Douglas Haig interesting.

Overall a little disappointing
Written May 10, 2022
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Cameron R
23 contributions
Feb 2022
Well worth a look if you want to find out about the history of Edinburgh. We stumbled upon the Museum whilst walking up the Royal Mile and very glad we did.

The Museum has so much to see in it and goes into a lot of detail of the history of Edinburgh. George, one of the museum attendants, was incredibly knowledgeable about the history and the pieces on display.

There is so much to see we are going to make a second trip back (at least!) to see the rest of the pieces there.
Written February 18, 2022
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cctkMiller
Vancouver, WA302 contributions
Jun 2022
Absolutely the best value and history on the royal mile. This quaint unassuming dwelling is offered by donation only. There are attendants throughout and the artifacts elicit curiosities and questions that pair well with visiting the Edinburgh Castle.
Written June 30, 2022
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plsdeluno
United Kingdom285 contributions
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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