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.

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Opening hours

Mon-Sat 10.00-17.00
In August Sun 12.00-17.00

Closed: Sundays September to July

Admission charges

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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.

Collection details

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
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.

A Vintage Tea Dance at Museum of Edinburgh with Ugly Bug Ragtime Band and Fly Right Dance Company

  • 14 May 2016 2-4pm

The air is buzzing with anticipation and the sound is not just from the happy insects in our beautiful courtyard garden but from the Ugly Bug Ragtime Band! Our live jazz band is the icing on the cake for our old-fashioned afternoon tea party held in this unique oasis in the middle of the Old Town. Slip into your fanciest clothes, top it off with a flower, comb, hat or feather and meet us under the bunting for a charming afternoon of live jazz. Be ready to join in with some of the old time dances - and don't worry if you can't remember the steps, as there'll be gentle reminders from our trusty dance experts. This event will prove a firm favourite with all the family. Rouging of knees is optional!


Free but donations are welcome on the day


Museum of Edinburgh
Huntly House
142 Canongate



0131 529 4143


0131 557 3346

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