Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum

Shop icon Study area icon Wheelchair access icon

In 1895 the Birthplace Cottage was bought as a surprise 60th birthday present for Andrew Carnegie by his wife Louise and then let out to tenants. With the creation of the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust in 1903, a caretaker was installed and in 1908 it was first opened to the public.

In 1909 Andrew Carnegie wrote in the visitors book 'First visit to my birthplace. The humble home of honest poverty... Best heritage when one has a heroine for a mother.' The day that Dunfermline put out the flags for its benefactor Andrew Carnegie is captured in the celebrated oil painting 'The Dunfermline Demonstrations' - today the focal point of the foyer in the Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum, Dunfermline.

After the death of her husband (11th August 1919) Mrs. Carnegie proposed and funded the erection of a Memorial Treasure House adjoining the Birthplace. The linked buildings of the Cottage and Memorial Hall were formally opened on 28th June 1928, the ceremony beginning with the switching on by Carnegie's grandchildren of a granite water fountain quarried on Carnegie's Highland estate of Skibo, near Dornoch.

Venue Type:

Museum, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Daily 1400-1600
Mon-Sat 1100-1700
Sun 1400-1700
Mon-Sat 1100-1700

Admission charges

Please phone for details.

Additional info

Weaving demonstrations take place on the first Friday of the month from May. Ian Dale of Angus Handloom Weavers operates the loom on the ground floor of the Birthplace Cottage and maintains it in working order. Viewing of a DVD showing Ian working at the loom is available on request when he is not in residence.

Strong social historic artifacts that reflect past local crafts and trades including cloth making. A series of gifts presented to Andrew Carnegie in return for his generous donations.

Collection details

Social History

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Magical Mystery and Mind-Boggling Science!

  • 14 May 2016

A day of magical mystery and mind-boggling science with a Victorian flavour starts with Jango Starr's fabulous Magic Show (age 3yrs+) from 11.30 -12.30 in the Exhibition Hall, followed by 3 x 30min mind-boggling Science Boffin workshops (age P1-P7) at 14.00, 14.40 & 15.20. All events are FREE but must be booked in advance and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Have fun playing Victorian games on the Terrace throughout the day
meeting real 'Carnegie' bunnies in our Victorian Garden with Dunfermline Rabbit & Cavy Club
making Victorian crafts and munching on yummy Victorian cakes in our cafe. What more could you ask for? A museum exhibit of Victorian toys from our collection and from other Fife Museums!

All activities & admission are FREE, juice/tea/coffee & cakes £2.50 per head.Our special magical touch will make it perfect! What will that be? It's a mystery, so you'll have to come see!


Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum
Moodie Street
KY12 7PL




01383 724302


01383 729002

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.