This museum is located on the Royal Mile near the "End of the World" as it was known in John Knox's day, i.e., the location of the old city gate and where many locals thought the world actually ended. The building is one of the oldest extant in Edinburgh dating back to perhaps the 15th century. It indeed exhibits some earmarks of medieval construction. It is a worth a look just for this fact. However, I was interested in a visit because John Knox was an important reformer and leader of the nascent protestant movement in the 16th century. As the Founder of Presbyterianism, he is a standout in Scottish social history. But he was prominent not just as a religious pioneer. He was also as an important political reformer whose ideas were the start of a revolution of thought that led to greater egalitarian ideals in Scotland and elsewhere. The museum does a decent job giving an account of the life and times of this interesting man. The museum is moderately priced in my estimation (4.50 poinds) and It is worth spending the extra 1 pound to get the audio guide. The audio guide leads the listener through numerous stages of the museum making interestng points concerning Knox's life. The house actually belonged to a well-to-do family who were goldsmiths and minters for the crown. This members of this Catholic family were supporters and patrons of the ill-fated Mary Queen of Scots. Their story is also woven into the highlights of this museum. For a person with the matching set of interests, this museum can be a worthwhile part of their visiti to Edinburgh.
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