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Museum of Childhood

Museums

This popular attraction was founded in 1955 by local councillor Patrick Murray, who made sure that visitors understood the difference between a museum of...

42 High Street
FreeMajor venue

Museum of Edinburgh

Museums

While the People's Story across the road is a tribute to hardship and to Edinburgh's redoubtable working class folk, the Museum of Edinburgh smacks more of...

Huntly House, 142-146 Canongate
Free

Museum of Scotland

Critics' choice
Museums

The museum, previously known as the Museum of Scotland before merging with the Royal Museum, was judged to be the Scottish Building of the Year after its...

Chambers Street
FreeMajor venue

Museum on the Mound

Museums

Opened in September 2006, the Museum on the Mound is housed within the former Bank of Scotland head office (it's now the Scottish headquarters for the...

The Mound
Free

National Museum of Scotland & Royal Museum

Critics' choice
Museums

Designed by Benson & Forsyth, the NMS was judged to be the Scottish Building of the Year after opening in 1998. The huge, airy complex is full of stairways...

Chambers Street
Free

Our Dynamic Earth

Attractions, Museums

Our Dynamic Earth is near the former home of Edinburgh-born James Hutton, the father of geology. It's anyone's guess what he'd make of its modern, tent-like...

Holyrood Road
Major venue

People's Story

Attractions, Museums

With Edinburgh's Tolbooth long since consigned to history, the Canongate Tolbooth is one of the most emotionally resonant buildings in the Old Town. It's...

Canongate Tolbooth, 163 Canongate
Free

Police Information Centre

Attractions, Museums

Staffed by friendly coppers (indeed, it's a working police office), this small room has information on almost every aspect of policing in Edinburgh both...

188 High Street
Free

Royal Museum

Attractions, Museums

The Royal Museum is in the throes of a Herculean reinvention (due to finish in 2011) and now forms part of the National Museum of Scotland. The beautifully...

Chambers Street
Free

Scottish Storytelling Centre & John Knox House

Attractions, Museums

The Scottish Storytelling Centre opened in 2006 in a space that was formerly home to the Netherbow Theatre. Now visitors are ushered through the unassuming...

43 High Street
Free

Writers' Museum

Museums

The only original dwelling of Lady Stair's Close still standing, Lady Stair's House is remarkable for its sharp turnpike staircases and maze-like layout....

Lady Stair's House, Makars' Court
Free