History Museums in Edinburgh

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History Museums in Edinburgh

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  • Karla M
    Houston25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We did the Blood and Guts walking tour, which they offer on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. It includes free admission to the museum the day of your tour. We toured the museums collection before the tour which was amazing. They have a particularly unique display with their re-created surgical theater and virtual dissection presentation. Our tour guide Caroline was fantastic. She has an amazing wealth of knowledge and is such an entertaining storyteller. Throughout the rest of our weekend in Edinburgh we kept saying “oh yeah, Caroline told us about that”. This is a particularly great thing to do for anyone with even a remote interest in the history of medicine
    Written July 18, 2024
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  • TwixUK
    Aberdeen, UK412 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    For anyone interested in war, and Scottish history - the war museum is found within the castle grounds.

    Free entry, however you pay to enter the castle - initially we only wanted to see the war museum and found it unfair to have to pay castle entry - but overall the combined visit is well worth it.

    Any war buff would be delighted to visit, we traced battles through time. The museum is well laid out and presented.
    Written April 26, 2024
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  • FPWhitePlains
    White Plains, NY319 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Always interesting for me to view and compare the life of city dwellers with their more well known inhabitants. This Museum gave a view of a life that was not as dark as other Tenement muséums such as New York or Dublin. Both lower class and rising middle class lives are visible.
    Written July 2, 2024
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  • WingWingOne
    London, UK913 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice build up, especially the painted wooding ceiling in this old house is amazing.
    Good history about the house and its inhabitants.
    Very friendly people at the reception.
    Takes 45 mins to visit.
    Written June 16, 2024
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  • Bluebeard69
    Bispham, UK287 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Now then, I must admit I was a bit disappointed when I first looked inside as it is very small. However, that said, there was a very interesting collection of bits inside if you are actually interested in the theme. I can see how some people would be disappointed and I would not recommend for children at all. If you spend the time and be patient and read through the artifacts you get a better understanding of their meaning. We were met by Dominick who was enthusiastic about his collection which was nice to see. We were very impressed by the Ouija Board Collection! We found that great and interesting. Not sure if I would take my friends back, as to be honest I think £5 would be a better price. No disrespect but its a bit of a niche, so for the average tourist I can see why they may not be impressed. Quite difficult to find as is down a little back street but keep your eyes peeled for the sign at the end of the alley.
    Written April 26, 2024
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  • Adrian S
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Had a bit time to kill, so went to The Wee Museum of Memory in Ocean Terminal and it certainly does what it says on the tin, as so many memories came flooding back. Hundreds, if not thousands of household products from back in my mum's and Nana's era.... and you can pick them up too!

    I then went to their shop on ground level called 'Away for the Messages' and it has beautiful old photos and items related to shopping, from the days when your mum sent you for a 'forpit o tatties' with half a crown wrapped in the shopping list.

    Russell was so lovely, welcoming and friendly. So glad I went and I'll be back and I highly recommend.
    Written August 11, 2023
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  • susan2153
    Burnley, UK80 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I have been visiting here for many years when on holiday in the area & it is still execellent value at £15 for the day. This was ny first visit since covid and now you have to book & pay online but be warned you cannot do this at present using an android phone! I was told to just turn up & they booked me in via their computers. I was disappointed that they haven't reopened the cafe as I had to venture out in the rain to find something to eat.
    Written May 18, 2023
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  • RayR_1990
    Edinburgh, UK53 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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  • Runninglaura
    Dundee, UK189 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Such a beautiful building, and very much in keeping with the grandness of the surrounding Edinburgh New Town. The interior really is something to behold: huge staircases, pillars, plasterwork, paintings, cornices, oak wood panelling, and all in the best possible taste. I have attended this venue for a conference and it was perfect; more recently my daughter and her husband chose to use the Royal College as their wedding venue. It was the perfect location for a grand wedding. They married in the library, and we we dined and later partied in the main hall. Perfect, just perfect.
    Written October 1, 2023
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  • Africa Tourist
    Sydney, Australia9,336 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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, UK26 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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