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“Highly Recommended!”

Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum
Ranked #4 of 53 things to do in Dunfermline
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Owner description: Come along and discover the original birthplace cottage of Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919). Find out how Andrew, born a weaver's son in Dunfermline, emigrated to America and became the richest man in the world, and one of the most generous philanthropists of all time. The Memorial Hall adjoining the cottage tells the story of Andrew Carnegie's lasting legacy which includes internationally renowned landmarks such as the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Peace Palace in The Hague, over 2,800 public libraries around the globe, Mount Wilson Observatory in California, and, of course, the Diplodocus carnegii dinosaur! Open March-November Free admission, free parking, coach drop-off, disabled facilities, baby changing.
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Highly Recommended!”
Reviewed March 23, 2013

We came across this museum whilst visiting Dunfermline Abbey and Castle. What a really nice find and I now tell everyone about it! The museum celebrates the life of Andrew Carnegie. Part of the museum is the house where he was born and tells the story of his life in Scotland until he emigrated to the USA. Then there is the exhibition that tells of his success in business to become the richest man in the world and who then used his money to help others. Lots to read and see. However our trip was made all the better by Ronnie, the guide, who was so friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable. We had so much fun with him! He really brought the exhibition to life. Thanks Ronnie. Wee area to get a coffee and a nice little gift shop. And all of it free! Highly recommend a visit here and I guarantee you will leave feeling inspired by the life of Andrew Carnegie.

Visited March 2013
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Couple of hours well spent”
Reviewed March 2, 2013

Great way to spend an hour or two, big enough to do Carnegie justice, but small enough that info boards don't just blurr one into another - and all free!!
Easy to find, with free car parking for 42 cars just outside, and another couple of car parks close by, and only a couple of minutes away from the other heritage attractions.
Guide very welcoming, and keen to see you get the most from your visit.
You start in the old cottage, where rooms have audio info on a loop, as well as information boards, and the second part of the display is in the memorial hall in the newer part of the building. Here Carnegie's story is told through in a series of bays, with some touch screen, some display cabinets and a few information boards. There is not a lot of hand's on for children, but they would enjoy trying morse code.
There is a very small shop, and a part set aside with tables where you could have drinks from a machine and buy from a small selection of biscuits/sweets.
We asked the guide for a recommendation for lunch and he sent us to the Fresh Cafe - lovely salads, paninis etc and just a 5 minute walk away.
All in all a couple of hours well spent!

Visited March 2013
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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
343 reviews
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“Great little museum”
Reviewed February 10, 2013

Everything you didn't know about Andrew Carnegie and more. Recorded commentary by the legendary Dr John Cairney. Ask for Ronnie MacEachen to be your volunteer guide, if he's on duty - amazing guy, friendly & knowledgeable.

Visited June 2012
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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
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“Good wee tour”
Reviewed February 6, 2013

Nice little cottage with a brilliant story and history to it. Still has original features from when Andrew Carnegie stayed there.

Visited March 2012
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15 attraction reviews
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“Very Much Improved”
Reviewed February 2, 2013 via mobile

A great way to spend a wet afternoon, very informative. To see where this great philanthropist began hose humble life is very moving. Have a nice cup of coffee to complete the visit.

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