Peoples' Story Museum

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The People’s Story explores the lives of Edinburgh’s ordinary people at work and play from the late 18th century to today. Visitors can see displays showing a bookbinder’s workshop, a wartime kitchen and much more, all packed with real objects. You can even see a former jail, an original part of this historic building.

The People’s Story is housed in the Canongate Tolbooth, a Royal Mile landmark built in 1591 and used in the past to conduct burgh affairs, collect taxes and as a jail. Visitors can imagine the ghostly rattle of the jailor’s keys as they peer into an original cell.

If you want to experience a real slice of Edinburgh life in the past, from workdays to washdays, high days to holidays, The People’s Story is the museum to visit.

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Opening hours

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

Closed: Sundays from September to July

Collection details

Archives, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Land Transport, Science and Technology, Social History

Peoples' Story Museum
Canongate Tolbooth
163 Canongate



0131 529 4057


0131 557 3346

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