Culture! We love it. Edinburgh has some of the best museums and galleries in the UK, from large public institutions to small privately owned passion projects. Let’s take a look at the best Edinburgh Museums & Galleries
National Museum of Scotland
The biggest and best museum in the capital. There is so much to do, it’s difficult to list everything you could do when visiting. The Grand Gallery is spectacular space to start and is the heart of museum. From there you can start your adventure; visit the Millennium Clock, time travel through the history of Scotland as you ascend through the Scottish Galleries, spend some time with the dinosaurs in the Natural History Galleries
The National Museum isn’t all look and don’t touch! You can drive a F1 simulator, fire a hot air balloon into the sky, run in a human hamster wheel, and much more. You can can a bite to eat at the cafe or restaurant and visit the roof terrace for spectacular views of the city. The National Museum is a wonderful family attraction that is a must when visiting Edinburgh.
Royal Yacht Britannia
A floating palace that belongs to The Queen, what more needs to be said! We all love having a nose around someone else’s house, who could resist when it belongs to her off of The Crown. Step aboard this famous ship and follow in the footsteps of Royalty.
Explore Britannia’s five decks. From the elegant State Apartments to the gleaming Engine Room. See where Prince William and Prince Harry spent their summer holidays. Discover where kings and queens, world leaders and celebrities were wined and dined. With so much history, be sure to take advantage of the audio tour supplied. There’s even a spot the corgi competition for the kids (or big kids).
From the rich and famous to regular people of Edinburgh. The People’s Story gives an unique insight in to Edinburgh’s working class people from the 18th century to the late 20th century. What makes the museum stand out is that all of the displays are based around the words of Edinburgh’s people, taken from oral history reminiscences and written sources to tell real stories.
The museum recreates scenes of daily life. You can see displays including a bookbinder’s workshop, wartime kitchen, tea room and jail cell. The collections show the people of Edinburgh coming together to campaign, protest, celebrate and change their city, and the life they lead at home.
The Writers’ Museum
Edinburgh has a long literary history, even the train station (Waverley) is named after a work of literature by Sir Walter Scott. The Writers’ Museum celebrates the lives of three giants of Scottish Literature; Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson.
The Writers’ rich collections include books, manuscripts, portraits and personal items relating to the three authors. Highlights include a first edition of Scott’s novel Waverley, Stevenson’s beloved classic, A Child’s Garden of Verses, and Burns’ draft of Scots wha hae. With a wide range of stories and objects this museum has something for everyone to enjoy. Take the time to delve into Edinburgh’s literary past.
Surgeons’ Hall Museums
For something a little bit different, head to the Surgeon’s Hall Museums. Originally developed as a teaching museum for students of medicine, fascinating collections, including bone and tissue specimens, artefacts and works of art. The museums have been open to the public since 1832, making them among Scotland’s oldest museums.
It may all sound a bit macabre, but the two museums; The History of Surgery Museum & The Wohl Pathology Museum explore Edinburgh’s unique contribution to surgical practice and house one of the largest collections of surgical pathology in the world.