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.

 

A view of the Writers' Museum from Makars' Court

About

Find out more about the Museum and its displays, plus Makars' Court and the Edinburgh Makar.

A view of the Writers' Museum displays

Collections

Our collections include many unique objects related to Burns, Scott, Stevenson and other important Scottish writers.

The stone in Makars' Court commemorating conservationist and writer John Muir

Visitor Information

Opening hours and where to find us.                               

Children explore the displays at The Writers' Museum

Learning

Find out about our wide range of learning materials and activities.

A girl looks at colourful notebooks in the Writers' Museum shop

Shop

Check out our shop, with Scottish Literature, themed stationery and more.

Rakes and Rogues

Did you Know?

...that Robert Louis Stevenson owned a villain's wardrobe?

Did you Know?

...that Robert Louis Stevenson owned a villain's wardrobe?

 

It was made by Deacon Brodie, a well-respected Edinburgh furniture maker who led a double life as a master burglar and was hanged for his crimes. Brodie became an inspiration for Stevenson's Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.