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.

A view of the Writers' Museum from Makars' Court


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

A view of the Writers' Museum displays


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


Find out about our Outreach service for schools and community groups

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