A Local’s Guide | The Museum of Edinburgh

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Edinburgh is a city that is steeped in culture with a dark history. It’s home to many museums and art galleries and today we are going to take you around one of our favourites.

Visit Scotland and Museums Galleries Scotland got in touch with us to share one of our favourites with you, The Museum of Edinburgh!
Often overlooked, it sits closer to the bottom of the Royal Mile and is nestled between the Old Tolbooth and Canongate Kirk. It’s bright, quirky and such a brilliant stop for the family.

Museum of Edinburgh, red and yellow brightly painted building on the Royal mile.

We made some scavenger hunt cards and arrived for opening at 10am. We love arriving places early so we can enjoy it before the crowds arrive closer to lunch time. The Museum of Edinburgh is filled with character and lots of Scottish delights. You can see Greyfriar’s Bobby’s collar and a replica statue of the famous dug, amongst other little gems including the history of the Cannongate, and wee landscape models of Auld Reekie itself. You can see where the old Edinburgh once ended and views of the Royal Mile from the 17th Century.

You’ll find out about the towns origins, wander through historical gems and learn about Scottish legends.
The kids filled their sketch books with their favourite finds and we spent a few hours just wandering from room to room with something new to look at in each space. It’s the kind of place you can get lost in. Every room is filled with little details and information about Scottish history and we love taking our time and learning about something we’ve never seen before.

We didn’t realise we had stayed quite so long! 3 hours later we were ready for lunch! Also, can we just take a moment for the interior? And those original beams? Stunning!

Next we stopped for lunch at Byron Burgers on the bridges. It’s a big beautiful space with exposed bricks and an excellent burger menu. The kids doodled some more and chatted about their favourite things at the museum.

Harry has a new found love for Greyfriar’s Bobby and is desperate to watch the movie and visit his grave later in the month. It inspired so many fun chats over lunch and I am so thankful that we have incredible and FREE days out like this right on our doorstep!

We finished off the day with a wander up the Royal Mile and a street show. The streets are bustling again and even though Edinburgh is a busy city, you can have slow days. Easy ones in Museums with a show. Our favourite kind!

Ruby’s Top pick: I loved watching everyone from the windows.
Harry’s Top Pick: Greyfriar’s Bobby, such a cute little nose!
Emily’s Top Pick: The little cubby corners that I could sit in and draw.
Lucy’s Top Pick: The tiny wee buildings. I felt like a giant looking at the streets.

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