Edinburgh has a fantastic array of museums to choose from and what is even better they are free admission. so what a great way to see some fabulous treasures. Here we give you a short description on what you will find at each.
Museum of Scotland
This huge museum in Chambers Street is one of Scotland’s most popular attractions housing thousands of the nations most precious artefacts. The museum is a real treasure trove of interest and learning for all ages. Visitors can discover the story of Scotland, its land and people within a building every bit as impressive as the collections themselves. Famous artefacts include Pictish gravestones and the famous 12th century Lewis chessmen. Free guided tours and special events are held throughout the year and the museum has a spacious restaurant and gift shop.
Next door is the Royal Museum built in 1861.Under one roof are some of Scotland’s most valuable national treasures from earliest times to the present day.
Open: Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Tuesday to 8pm, Sunday noon-5pm.
Museum of Childhood
This is a must see destination for all who are young at heart.
This small museum at the lower end of the high street houses quite an amazing collection of historical toys, dolls and books. Fascinating for adults and children alike it is a real trip down memory lane.
Open Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday afternoons in July and August.
The Writers Museum can be found in Lady Stairs Close in the historic Lawnmarket. The museum celebrates Scotland’s best-known literary greats and contains relics belonging to Sir Walter Scott, Robert Burns and Robert Louis Stevenson.
Admission is free. Open Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sundays during festival 2-5pm.
Museum of Edinburgh
This is the cities museum of local history. Housed within Huntly House, a restored 16th Century mansion in the Conongate it contains collections of glass, pottery and shop signs.Also on view is the original version of the National Covenant of 1638.
Open Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm; Sundays during Edinburgh Festival 2-5pm.Admission free. Also in the Canongate is The Peoples Story a museum that tells of citizens lives over the past 200 years.