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.
Change of opening hours
From 1 October 2016 the Writers' Museum will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays but will be open on Sundays from 12pm - 5pm. Opening hours on other days will remain unchanged. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
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 forthcoming events at the Writers' Museum.
Check out our shop, with Scottish Literature, themed stationery and more.
Current and forthcoming exhibitions at the Writers' Museum
Did you Know?
...that Robert Louis Stevenson owned a villain's wardrobe?