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Museum of Edinburgh

No day out on the Royal Mile is complete without a visit to the Museum of Edinburgh, where the City’s past is brought vividly to life.

Museum Of Edinburgh

About Museum of Edinburgh

142 Canongate Royal Mile, High Street, Edinburgh Old Town EH8 8DD
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Visit the Museum’s newest attraction, Foundation – the Story of a City, for a unique journey through Edinburgh’s history. Watch the city grow beneath your feet in the Museum’s new blacked-out theatre.

Decipher the signatures on the National Covenant and imagine the Royal Mile as the hub of Scottish society and politics.

Admire the silverware – work produced by metalworkers called hammermen whose craft guild owned part of this building in former times. Then there is the glassware, much of it made and engraved in the Canongate close by the Museum. There are long case clocks from Edinburgh and a wide range of Scottish pottery.

Look at our sedan chair, old town models and James Craig’s New Town plans - what a contrast between old and new. You can see Greyfriars Bobby’s collar and bowl, dress up in our replica costumes and get creative in our interactive space.

Upcoming Events at Museum of Edinburgh

Pedal Power: Cycling and Activism in Edinburgh

27th April 2024 - 22nd September 2024

This exhibition at Museum of Edinburgh has been created by groups in Edinburgh who are campaigning to make our city a safe place for cycling.

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Edinburgh Rising from the Ashes: 200 Years of the Scottish Fire Service

3rd May 2024 - 22nd September 2024

Journey through two centuries of firefighting legacy with our special exhibition created in partnership with the Museum of Scottish Fire Heritage.

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Popular Events

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival
The Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival returns from 12th to 21st July 2024, presenting a programme that spans the entire history of the music from ragtime to modern jazz to Chicago blues and beyond.
Castle Street Market
Held in brightly coloured gazebos in the heart of central Edinburgh, Castle Street Market is filled with top quality products and has something to satisfy every taste!
Game On
Get set for Game On - the largest interactive exhibition of the history and the culture of video games.
The Hidden Garden
Award-winning multidisciplinary dance artist Jill Crovisier makes her UK debut with The Hidden Garden at Summerhall as part of the Fringe.
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This 8-Week course will be facilitated by Gary Young from The Mindful Enterprise and is based on the work of international mindfulness teacher Rob Nairn.

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