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John Knox House, Edinburgh

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#18 of 55 in Museums in Edinburgh
Located in The Netherbow, the halfway point in the Royal Mile and the site of Edinburgh's medieval gateway, the House was the home of James Mossman, goldsmith to Mary Queen of Scots, and became known as the final residence of John Knox, the Protestant reformer.

On three floors, the exhibition highlights the building's beautiful craftsmanship and the stories of its famous inhabitants. Come close to the most dramatic conflicts in Scotland's history. Stand where they stood and hear the drama in their own words.

The original Netherbow bell, cast in 1621, and a carved stone plaque from the Port (or Gate) have been reinstated in the Storytelling Centre's bell tower.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Who knew?! Spectacular original mansion but hampered by the John Knox connection. It wasn't his house. Some displays look amateur and ancient but others provide key information. Spectacular ceiling up...  more »
  • July 31, 2017
    Since I like church history, this house museum was very interesting and informative to me. John Knox was an important figure in the Scottish Reformation movement, as Martin Luther and John Calvin were...  more »
  • July 7, 2017
    This is a great little museum to visit if you have a spare hour in Edinburgh. We really enjoyed it and found the staff very helpful and welcoming. I would say allow no more than an hour- that was our ...  more »
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  • I found this interesting. But not for my son cost me £5 for a family ticket so i can't fault it.small museum and a real old building dates back to 1500
  • I am not a history buff, so for me it wasn't very interesting as there wasn't anything amazing or unique.
  • Lovely building, not alot of info on it once there
  • Nice small museum where his house used to be. Great of you're interested in Religious Wars and Queen Mary history.
  • Very interesting. Nice little piece of Edinburgh history

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