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John Knox House, Edinburgh

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History Museum Historic Site
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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  • Historic town house where the leading light of the Scottish Reformation lived. The history of John Knox and what he achieved and his adversarial meetings with the queen could have been made much more ...  more »
  • I'm not a huge John Knox fan but I do love history so we decided to tour the John Knox House Museum. Although Knox did not live here, it is a medieval house from the 1400's and it provides a lot of in...  more »
  • I popped into find out a bit about John Knox and this museum vertainly did the trick. It's not too big, and there's a nice amount of information about Knox, his life and what he did during it.  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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