Museum of Edinburgh
Museum of Edinburgh
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The Museum of Edinburgh is the City’s treasure box - a maze of historic rooms crammed full of iconic objects from the Capital’s past.
Find out about the history of Edinburgh from the earliest times to the present day. Discover more about the city, its people, crafts and trades and the beautiful objects they created.
In August Sun 12.00-17.00
Closed: Sundays September to July
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If you know the story of 'Greyfriars Bobby ', you will be thrilled to see his collar and feeding bowl, and the original plaster model for the bronze statue in Candlemaker Row.
One of the museum's great treasures is the National Covenant, signed by Scotland's presbyterian leadership in 1638, while the collections of Scottish pottery and items relating to Field Marshal Earl Haig are of national importance. The museum also features Edinburgh silver and glass, and a colourful collection of shop signs. The home of The Museum of Edinburgh is picturesque Huntly House, which faces on to the Canongate and dates from the 16th century. It was extended in the 17th and 18th centuries, and has been home to a wide variety of owners and tenants, ranging from aristocrats to merchants and working people. Robert Chambers, a Victorian antiquarian, called Huntly House the ' speaking house' because of the Latin inscriptions on its facade. It is appropriate that the 'speaking house' now accomodates The Museum of Edinburgh. The Museum of Edinburgh regularly mounts temporary exhibitions drawn from the local history and decorative art collections.
Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Music, Personalities, Social History, Weapons and War
Key artists and exhibits
- Greyfriars Bobby
- Field Marshal Earl Haig
- National Covenant 1683
- Scottish pottery
- Edinburgh silver and glass
- Shop signs
- 5 July — 23 September 2014 *on now
Treasures from our sporting collection, including objects from the IX and XIII Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh will be displayed alongside sporting items which showcase Edinburgh’s colourful sporting past.
Sporting Edinburgh will explore what it means to be a player or sports fan in Edinburgh, past and present, and will look at how sport in Edinburgh has changed over time and how it continues to evolve.
- Any age
Scars on the City: Edinburgh in World War One
- 1 October 2014 — 29 March 2015
It will take as its basis a map of Edinburgh, recording a selection of areas ‘touched’ by the War in different ways.
It will include material on the zeppelin raids, the Gretna disaster, recruitment, conscientious objectors, women at the Front and undertaking War Work, children’s experiences of War and the loss of so many of the City’s sons. It will contain objects from the Social History, Museum of Childhood and Applied Art collections.
- Any age