A visit to the Museum of Edinburgh

We’ve been watching in amazement as one of the local Museums in the Canongate section comes to life again following a refurbishment, and this morning there was an opportunity offered to local tourism businesses to familiarise ourselves with what is on offer at the Museum of Edinburgh.

Museum of Edinburgh, Canongate, Edinburgh

Bright new colours mean you can't miss the Museum of Edinburgh

I’m very pleased to report that there is a lot for you to see there, and it’s only a very short walk from Craigwell Cottage. If you’re interested in the history of the development of the city of Edinburgh, I’d recommend the new exhibit called Foundation Edinburgh – the Story of a City. Entrance to the Museum is free, but to see the 17 minute film there is a charge – with a family ticket selling at £10. Proceeds will be used to continue the development of further galleries within the museum.

If you’re in Edinburgh on a family history trip because you want to see the place where ancestors of yours lived, then the Museum of Edinburgh would be an ideal starting point as there is a good range of different items on display covering social history – from wooden water pipes to ceramics; a shiny display of the silversmith’s art to stone carvings salvaged from buildings in the local area. There is an area where younger members of the group can enjoy dressing up in clothes from olden times, and drawing, crafts or sitting in the quiet area reading one of the books about local stories.

We recommended a visit as something to do on a rainy day in Edinburgh, but it’s definitely a place to visit even if it isn’t raining!

Museum of Edinburgh, Canongate, Edinburgh

Old Princes Street lamp standard at the Museum of Edinburgh

Museum of Edinburgh, Canongate, Edinburgh - story of the area

Plenty of information about the Canongate area

Painted ceiling at the Museum of Edinburgh

See this wonderful painted ceiling from Pinkie House

Museum of Edinburgh - art activities area

Keep the children busy - art area at Museum of Edinburgh

Sugar loaf at the Museum of Edinburgh

Find out where nearby Sugar House Close got its name

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