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Even a short stroll around Edinburgh’s gorgeous city centre can feel like a museum trip. From the ancient volcanoes of Arthur’s Seat and Castle Rock to the medievalesque wynds of Grassmarket and the Royal Mile, there’s no shortage of history in this ancient city. And so, as a seat of such rich culture and heritage, it’s no surprise there are so many excellent actual museums in Edinburgh too – alongside a whole host of brilliant attractions and galleries.
You’ve got the usual culprits – institutions dedicated to nature, medicine and the city itself – but there are others that go deep on the history of money, childhood and famous local authors. In this way, any map of the city is a bit like a physical encyclopedia: there’s something learn, on pretty much any topic, around pretty much every corner. So whether you’re interested in local heritage or the natural world, blazing fires or cold hard cash, Edinburgh has a museum for you. Here’s our pick of the best.
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