Museum of Edinburgh

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.

New look helps relaunch Museum of Edinburgh after £800k refit.


Explore the Museum of Edinburgh by following the clues to collect gold, silver or bronze treasure tokens. Click on the appropriate icon below and download the FREE app.

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A view of the Museum of Edinburgh from the street


No day out on the Royal Mile is complete without a visit to the Museum of Edinburgh, where the city’s past is brought vividly to life.

Silver on display at the Museum of Edinburgh


The Museum is packed with collections illustrating the development of the city, from the earliest times to the present day.

Image from the opening of the Street Life in Victorian Edinburgh: The colourful world of Ned Holt exhibition, May 2014

Visitor Information

Find out our opening hours and all of the information you need to find us.

Red Kite card-making workshop December 2014


Details of current and forthcoming events at the Museum can be found here.

Scarf worn by suffragette in Edinburgh during Votes for Women campaign.


The Museum of Edinburgh holds regular exhibitions.

A detail of an inscription on the front of the Museum of Edinburgh building


The Museum of Edinburgh has a shop on the ground floor offering unique gifts for you to take home.

Cheek by jowl

Did you Know?

that people lived here cheek by jowl?

Did you Know?

that people lived here cheek by jowl?

Did you know that 323 people lived in these buildings in 1851? Although many were from Edinburgh, 69 of them were Irish and others came from places like Forres, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Anstruther, Roxburgh, Thurso, Skye, England and France.