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Address: 142 Canongate | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH8 8DD, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 131 529 4143
10:00 am - 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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I came here a few weeks ago but wanted to have another look. Especially the Earl Haig exhibition. The Haig exhibition is well worth a look. The rest of the museum is really nice... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I came here a few weeks ago but wanted to have another look. Especially the Earl Haig exhibition. The Haig exhibition is well worth a look. The rest of the museum is really nice and free. Well worth a look. Please note that during the winter reduced times so check first.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very good and friendly museum on the Royal Mile . Tells a great story of the history of Edinburgh and has many interesting exhibits .

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Excellent museum. Free to get in . My favorite was the section devoted Douglas Haig - who was born in Edinburgh - and they had a collection of his uniforms, personal effects and decorations.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Popped in and mooched about, it is a slightly confusing lay out with no itinnery, guide books or much information regarding the lay-out. The Haig display was very interesting but considering the size and amount of good work the volunteers put in it is a shame that it is not more elaborate so perhaps city funding would help - so... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Everything except for the movie room is just what you'd expect from this museum: a collection of objects from the history of Edinburgh and some information about the city. Not exciting, but interesting enough to visit. The movie in the movie room (ground floor, straight and left at the end) about the history of Edinburgh was really good!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is a great place to take children they love going round looking and learning , you can spend the whole day ,the cafe with children 's lunch packs and some very good coffee and cake for the mums and dads is not to be missed.There is also a gift shop with some lovely items.There is also a rooftop restaurant... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great layout to this museum light and bright. Milleneum clock a must see. Great displays. I missed the Frenc Eagle captured at Waterloo will have to go back. everything else great

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

quirky spot, found it by chance. mainly upstairs, lots of silver , glass from by gone days . lots to find out about the city over the centuries . suprise of its FREE .

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Gives an incredible insight to Edinburgh's past. Great exhibits and a very informative 15-20min video. Brilliant activity free of charge.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent place to visit this place. Dont miss this museum if you a tourist. It has 3 floors and different types of idols and also science museum and other animal items and it has old antique pieces. Sure you love this place

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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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