Museum of Edinburgh

Museum of Edinburgh
Huntly House
142 Canongate
Edinburgh
Lothian
EH8 8DD
Scotland

Website

www.edinburghmuseums.org.uk

Telephone

0131 529 4143

Fax

0131 557 3346

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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.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

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

Closed: Sundays September to July

Admission charges

Please check before visiting.

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
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Building Scotland

  • 2 May — 29 June 2014

This touring exhibition celebrates fourteen individual building materials. Many, such as stone and timber, have been used since earliest human habitation in Scotland. Others, such as pantiles and iron, came into general use in more recent times.

For the majority of our traditionally constructed buildings it is the combined use of these materials that has created the beautiful and diverse nature of Scotland’s built heritage: stone, lime and pantiles come together to form distinctive buildings in our east coast towns and villages; timber, clay, stone and thatch are combined to form the blackhouses so distinctive of the Western Isles.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.edinburghmuseums.org.uk/Venues/Museum-of-Edinburgh/Exhibitions/2014-15/Building-Scotland

Street Life in Victorian Edinburgh: The colourful world of Ned Holt

  • 2 May — 29 June 2014

In Victorian times, Edinburgh’s Old Town was alive with the cries of the street vendors, beggars and showmen. It was these hardy men and women who provided the necessities of life. Knife grinders, shoe menders, match sellers and caddies mixed with lawyers and academics.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.edinburghmuseums.org.uk/Venues/Museum-of-Edinburgh/Exhibitions/2014-15/-Ned-Holt--by-Donald-Campbell

Sporting Edinburgh

  • 5 July — 23 September 2014

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.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.edinburghmuseums.org.uk/Venues/Museum-of-Edinburgh/Exhibitions/2014-15/Sporting-Edinburgh

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.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.edinburghmuseums.org.uk/Venues/Museum-of-Edinburgh/Exhibitions/2014-15/Scars-on-the-City--Edinburgh-in-World-War-I

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