Museum of Edinburgh-Well worth a Visit

As you walk up the Canongate you will find the Museum of Edinburgh is  glorious colour following a refurbishment back in 2012. It is well worth a visit.

Museum of Edinburgh, Canongate, Edinburgh
Bright new colours mean you can’t miss the Museum of Edinburgh

If you are interested in the history and development of the city of Edinburgh, I’d recommend the exhibit called Foundation Edinburgh – the Story of a City. Entrance to the Museum is free, but donations are of course welcome!

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. 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.

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.

In one of our earlier blogs we were recommending this as something to do on a rainy day. However 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
Find out where nearby Sugar House Close got its name

Accommodation near the Museum of Edinburgh

There are lots of hotels, guest houses and self catering apartments within walking distance. If you want to find out more we would recommend as this is a site which will not charge you a commission on making a booking

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Post updated April 2024

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