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.

Visit our courtyard behind Huntly House.  It now has the same opening hours as the Museum of Edinburgh, winter weather permitting, all year round.

Family Activity Area

We also have a fun interactive Learning Space, where there are crafts for you to explore, detective trails, replica objects and a storytelling corner in the heart of the museum. Have fun exploring our colourful galleries and learn how the people of Edinburgh have lived over the years. All free, but donations are encouraged. No need to book, just pop in.

Scotsman article on our 'secret' courtyard.

Change of opening hours

From 1 October 2016 the Museum of Edinburgh will be closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, but will open on Sundays from 12pm - 5pm. Opening hours on other days will remain unchanged. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.


Sugarhouse Cafe in the Acheson House courtyard at Museum of Edinburgh


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.

Visitors in the Silver galleries of the Museum of Edinburgh

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.

Speaking House

Did you Know?

that this building was called The Speaking House?

Did you Know?

that this building was called The Speaking House?

In 1825 in the ‘Traditions of Edinburgh’ Robert Chambers calls Huntly House (now the Museum of Edinburgh) the ‘Speaking House’ because of the Latin inscriptions on the building’s exterior. The four original inscriptions read ‘Today for me, tomorrow to thee; why therefore takest thou thought?’; ‘As thou art (master) of thy tongue, so am I master of my ears’; ‘Mortal affairs are a shadow to a steadfast heart’; and  ‘There is another hope for life’. A new inscription, added in 1932 ‘I am old, but renew my youth’ marked the completion of the building’s restoration and its new life as a Museum.