Museums in Edinburgh

Some would say Edinburgh itself is a giant museum, with its opulent castles, historic monuments and centuries-old streets. But the city's actual museums have much to offer as well, from ancient artifacts to the some of the most impressive paintings in Europe.

The National Museum of Scotland offers a great history lesson of Scotland from the stone age to modern times, and will keep kids and adults enthralled alike. It is a must visit for those interested in the early Celtic and Pictish history of the country.

The National Gallery of Scotland and the Scottish Royal Academy, located right across from one another on the Mound in the Princes Street Gardens, boasts master pieces by Da Vinci and Van Gogh as well as contemporary Scottish art respectively.

The Museum of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh houses one of the largest and most historic collections of surgical pathology material in the United Kingdom. Developed as a teaching museum for students of medicine it has also been open to the general public since 1832. Making is Scotland's oldest museum. It also houses an exhibition on Edinburgh's notorious body snatchers/serial killers Burke and Hare. Burke's death mask and the book bound from his skin can all be found at the History of Surgery Museum.

The Writers Museum celebrates the lives of three great Scottish writers, Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson. Visitors can see portraits, rare books and personal objects including Burns' writing desk, the printing press on which Scott's Waverley Novels were first produced, and Scott's own dining table and rocking horse.

National Museum of Scotland

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Chambers Street

The history of the Scots from the Stone Age to modern times... read more

National Gallery of Scotland

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The Mound
The Mound

A work of art... read more

Royal Scottish Academy

The Mound

National Gallery's neighbour... read more

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Museum of Childhood

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42 High St
Royal Mile

Fandabidozi nostalgia trip... read more

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Writers' Museum

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The Royal Mile
In Lady Stair's House, off Lawnmarket

Museum Dedicated to Poets... read more

The Museum of Edinburgh

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142 Canongate
The Royal Mile

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Dean Gallery (The)

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73 Belford Road

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Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Belford Road

Scotland's modern art collection... read more

Royal Museum

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Chambers Street

Victorian display... read more
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