The Writers' Museum
The Writers’ Museum celebrates the lives of three great Scottish writers – Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson.
Visitors can see portraits, rare books and personal objects including Burns’ writing desk, the printing press on which Scott’s Waverley Novels were first produced, and Scott’s own dining table and rocking horse. We have Robert Louis Stevenson’s riding boots and the ring given to him by a Samoan chief, engraved with the name ‘Tusitala’, meaning ‘teller of tales’. There is also a plaster cast of Robert Burns' skull, one of only three ever made. Even if you’re not a bookworm, it’s well worth a visit.
We are now running free tours of the venue on Thursdays and Saturdays at 1pm and 3pm. It may also be possible to arrange tours outwith these times: contact Margaret Findlay to discuss or ask in the venue.
Find out more about the Museum and its displays, plus Makars' Court and the Edinburgh Makar.
Our collections include many unique objects related to Burns, Scott, Stevenson and other important Scottish writers.
Opening hours and where to find us.
Find out about our Outreach service for schools and community groups
Find out about forthcoming events at the Writers' Museum.
Check out our shop, with Scottish Literature, themed stationery and more.
Did you Know?
...that Robert Louis Stevenson owned a villain's wardrobe?