Discover Edinburgh Things to Do in Edinburgh Museums The Museum of Edinburgh


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Discover Edinburgh's remarkable history from prehistoric times onwards at the Museum of Edinburgh in the city's Old Town. Housed in the beautifully restored 16th century Huntley House on Canongate, it is the city's principle museum of local history. A trove of ancient relics and archaeological findings make it an essential part of Edinburgh's cultural and historical trail.

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Of prime interest is an intriguing collection of archaeological artefacts discovered at Cramond, a nearby coastal village, which date back to Roman occupation some 2,000 years ago. The museum also depicts the life and times of Edinburgh's Old Town between the 17th - 19th centuries and includes the original plans for Edinburgh's Georgian New Town, now a World Heritage Site.

Enjoy some of the interesting art and crafts produced by Edinburgh's artisans, encompassing pottery, silver and glassware, including a cut-glass espergne made at Holyrood Glass Works to commemorate Queen Victoria's accession to the throne in 1837.

One of Edinburgh's most famous historical icons is Greyfriars Bobby, the Skye terrier whose loyalty to his master has won the hearts of generations. His collar, and feeding bowl are exhibited in the museum, as is the mould for his statue, which you can see on Candlemaker Row, near Greyfriars Church.

The Museum of Edinburgh is of national, as well as local, importance. In addition to a fine collection of Scottish poetry and clocks, it boasts memorabilia relating to Field Marshall Earl Haig, a key figure of World War I. Another highlight is the National Covenant, a petition that campaigned for religious freedom in Scotland in the 17th Century, eventually granted in 1638.

It is fitting that Huntley House or the 'speaking house', so called due to the Latin inscriptions on its façade, is now the Museum of Edinburgh. Home to many of Edinburgh's wealthiest merchants during the 17th and 18th Centuries, it unveils the story of Edinburgh's rich heritage and past. Managed and largely funded by Edinburgh City Council, the museum is free of charge to all visitors.