Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum, Dunfermline

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Andrew Carnegie was a weaver's son who became the richest man in the world and gave his wealth away for the benefit of mankind. The birthplace of modern philanthropy, the museum tells his inspiring story which is still relevant today.

With colourful graphics, interactive displays, weaving demonstrations, temporary exhibitions, education programme, children's activities, delightful cafe, shop and garden and unique events space, the museum has something for everyone.

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The Museum is closed until 1 March 2014.

However, special arrangements can be made for any groups wishing to visit the museum in winter. Please phone or e-mail the Museum for details
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  • We visited as our children saw the sign for a museum and asked to explore. We all loved it and learned something new. Interesting displays and helpful, friendly staff. Well worth visiting.  more »
  • My husband, who’s always been fascinated with Andrew Carnegie, suggested we go for a visitwhile in Dunfermline. What a treat! The admission is free and the self-guided tour is incredibly informative. ...  more »
  • There was a disabled entrance thankfully. Staff were very helpful. Very steep stairs to get to the upper level. Museum part very well set out and very interesting even to my elderly aunt who was a lib...  more »
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  • I arrived sadly ignorant to the man's Life and contributions to education. I left educated. What a guy! Amazing bloke. Right up my street!
  • Adorable little free museum. Incredibly friendly and helpful staff. Well worth a visit.
  • July 2017: Love Carnegie or loathe him but here, be inspired! Carnegie is bound to provoke debate and there looked like a decent tapas restaurant nearby to do just that Great staff at the museum and a knowledgeable curator who remembered my parents visit from the other day and had lovely things to say. In terms of presentation, the cottage birthplace forms one half of the museum (start there). There are a couple of good "press the button" audio stories in the cottage upstairs. I prefer these to the "continuous loop" type audio that there was in the weaving room because it interferes with reading the panels. This becomes tricky when trying to understand the complicated jaquard panel with audio going on at the same time. We'll time our next visit with the weaving demonstration usually on the first Friday of the month (phone first). The story after Carnegie emigrates to the US continues in the main hall. There is a cafe area between the two. I could smell soup but could only see a coffee machine and forgot to ask. There's a pretty, very wee garden just off this room - with flax! There are information panels at child height all round the museum. Apparently there are other child trails activities but the person responsible wasn't there that day to ask. The displays have some repetition and contradictory dates at one point but the overall impression and information is very interesting. A member of staff mentioned that the library (the first C. donated) has recently been restored and is well worth visiting. I remember from previous visits to the town there is a decent playpark in the the Glen (Pittencrieff park) just outside.
  • Staff here are do nice and know everything.
  • Being from Pittsburgh this was a must to visit. The museum staff is very friendly & knowledgeable, and the museum showcases a lot of Carnegies gifts and personal objects.

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