Famous Museums in Edinburgh

The museums in Edinburgh give the very essence of its citizens and rich culture. If you are looking for something deeper and more meaningful, head to the museums in city. Explore the cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical side of Edinburgh with these museums.
We have curated a variety of the best and free museums in city, besides the usual arts or historical ones. Explore and engage yourself with the wonders of science at the museum of science in Edinburgh. Get fascinated by the exceptional stories of heroes at war museums or memorials. You can go wow with your kids at the Natural history museums or enjoy some time at children's museums in Edinburgh.
Check out this list for an entertaining and enlightening trip to the museums in Edinburgh.

Let's explore the finest collection of museums in Edinburgh:

  1. Scottish Mining Museum

    Tags: Library, Mine, Specialty Museum

    Coal mining has an important part in the Scottish history, making the Scottish Mining Museum an important architecture of the country. Inaugurated in 1895, the museum, also known as the Lady Victoria Colliery, produces the best coals among the European countries. The buildings of the museum are genuine marvel to watch. The museum has its own library where the history of mining the coal is repre...Read more
  2. Museum Of Edinburgh

    Tags: History Museum

    The Museum Of Edinburgh set up in the Huntly House from 16th century is a history museum. It showcases extensive collections on the origin of the town along with its legends and history. There is the original copy of National Covenant which was signed in 1638 at the Greyfriars Kirk. Here you will learn about the iconic stories attached to the town, of which some are fascinating while some are g...Read more
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    Fiona Wiltshire

    Very interesting free museum. As a Scot of a certain age- lots of the exhibits took me right back to my childhood when a 10/- note felt like a million pounds! We managed to solv...

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  4. The People's Story Image
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    Linda Leestemaker

    A museum in "the old style". Meaning lots of texts and display with mannequins and not much modern technology. The People's Story Museum tells the tale of the normal people of ...

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    Justin Wagner

    We booked the Hidden & Haunted Edinburgh vault tour and it was amazing; especially if you like creepy and gory history. Helena was our guide and her storytelling capabilities bl...

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  6. National Museum Of Scotland

    Tags: Science Museum, Specialty Museum, Sculpture

    The National Museum of Scotland was founded in 1985, and is seriously massive. Five incredible floors of attractions will keep you hooked for hours. The layout is almost addictive and stuffed with bite sized bits of information, so you’re never overwhelemed. The Grand Gallery was inspired by the Crystal Palace and contrasts the Renaissance design of the rest of the building. From the Sco...Read more
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    Justin Leslie

    A small, cute museum. Edinburgh has lots of museums and this feels like one of the smallest. It’s dedicated to three of Scotland’s most notable writers: Robert Burns, Walter...

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    Ian Fry

    Within the University of Edinburgh campus building is this small but informative Anatomical Museum. A little hidden but worth tracking it down. Two elephant skeletons take promi...

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  9. Our Dynamic Earth

    Tags: Children Museum

    Inaugurated in 1999, this steel and glass science centre is easily accessible. It’s mainly a children’s attraction, separated into zones (volcanos, earthquakes, rainforests, ice age etc), designed to educate kids about the nature of our planet. The litte ones find the $D cinema and the Dome show especially entrancing. The staff is knowledgable and highly welcoming of all guests. &nb...Read more
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    Richard Street

    Brilliant Open Doors visit to the Observatory. All staff super helpful, detailed information of all the work they do and some sun came out to brighten up the day!

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