History Museums in Edinburgh

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History Museums in Edinburgh

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  • Bruce F
    Dundee, UK174 contributions
    We did the blood and guys tour as part of a visit to the Surgeons Museum. Gerry with a G was our host and was simply brilliant! His knowledge of the subject and storytelling style was brilliant, and the detail he crammed into the tour was awesome! The museum is great, really interesting and fascinating, perhaps not for the squeamish, but the highlight is Gerry’s tour!
    Written May 10, 2022
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  • RayR_1990
    Edinburgh, UK57 contributions
    If your visiting South Queensferry this is well worth a visit. It's free and there's loads to take in. Staff are friendly and knowledgable too. I'm always surprised by how few people visit, because it's a wee gem. It's like a step back in time.
    Written April 27, 2019
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  • Dean027
    Plymouth, UK151 contributions
    Really well laid out history with pictures and stories recounting the history of the local people. Although I'm not Scottish, I found it really interesting and some things fascinating.
    Written March 15, 2020
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  • Albia-Newton
    Weston super Mare, UK3,776 contributions
    Away from the heavyweight attractions at the top of the Royal Mile this is a fascinating small museum

    Fantastic period house and a good account of the life of one of the key names in Scottish National history
    Written May 10, 2022
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  • Baskerfield
    Milton Keynes, UK68 contributions
    Before visiting Edinburgh Castle I didn't appreciate that the museum was on the premises, which is a shame because it requires more time than we were able to give it. The video introduction was very useful. Given the volume of visitors and exhibits it would be better if there was more space, but there is obviously a hard limitation based on the historic buildings in which it is housed. All in all an excellent and fascination museum.
    Written May 15, 2022
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  • Bean-astair
    Alba131 contributions
    I use this facility regularly, and have done so since 1984. It has developed and improved a very great deal since I first used it, and beats most countries' corresponding service into a cocked hat in a distant corner.

    It is well organised and makes the information quickly and easiy accessible. You pay £15 for a day and you get a desk with a computer terminal and a socket for a laptop and access to all the statutory records of births, marriages and deaths and the census. You can print out (at an additional charge) birth certificates more than 110 years old, marriage certificates more than 75 years old, death certificates more than 50 years old, and census records, or you can just transcribe them. If you are struggling with the system, or having trouble deciphering something, the staff are very helpful.

    Incidentally SunTanScott who complained in his review about being ripped off was factually incorrect. Contrary to what he claimed, you cannot view births less than 100 years ago on either of the Irish sites he mentioned. For online access to the GRONI site he mentioned the cost per certificate is £2, and you cannot save or print it, and it expires after a few weeks, while the cost of the corresponding certificate from Scotland's People online is £1.50, and you can save it or print it and view it indefinitely. You only have to pay the (admittedly hefty) fee for a certificate from Scotland's People if you choose to get a certificate of an event more recent than the cut-off dates. If you are in a Scotland's People Centre there is no additional charge if you transcribe the information in-house, even after the cut-off dates.

    There is an in-house cafe with a modest menu, and there are changing exhibitions in the main bulding which are free of charge. The building itself warrants a visit just to see the inside of the dome, and of the Historical Search Room upstairs.
    Written July 6, 2019
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  • 🎓🤓 Keep Life Simple 🤓🎓
    Pittsburgh, PA42,045 contributions
    You have to be a firefighter or into Firefighting, I supposed to really appreciate this museum. Otherwise, you will just find it ok. It is hard to complain since its free.
    Written October 8, 2018
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  • Africa Eddie
    Sydney, Australia9,633 contributions
    While the crown jewels are the highlight of this exhibition there is much history about the Scottish monarchy, their lineage and conflict as well as the room where Mary Queen of Scots gave birth and other rooms recreated from the past.
    The crown jewels are the highlight of and a culmination of all displays here
    Written September 26, 2019
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  • TF S
    Edinburgh, UK27 contributions
    Dower House is a historic building in the middle of Corstorphine's St. Margret's Park - a nice little park with a small play ground and bowls place.
    It is run by the Corstorphine Trust and houses the archive and museum of the village. It is mostly interesting for those curious about local history, and since it recently has gotten a nice and cosy café a good place to grab a coffee.
    Written November 24, 2021
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