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People's Story, Edinburgh

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#16 of 55 in Museums in Edinburgh
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The People’s Story explores the lives of Edinburgh’s ordinary people at work and play from the late 18th century to today. The People’s Story is housed in the Canongate Tollbooth, a Royal Mile landmark built in 1591 and used in the past to conduct burgh affairs, collect taxes and as a jail. If you want to experience a real slice of Edinburgh life in the past, from workdays to washdays, high days to holidays, The People’s Story is the museum to visit.
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  • A great place to start your tour of the city. Insight to history of town and especially the people. Helps understand other aspects of city  more »
  • This little gem told the people's story of Edinburgh, from the different types of workers and how things were for them, to how people lived and different events which happened and impacted on them. I ...  more »
  • This museum is free. It is a well designed and very interesting museum with excellent period-set displays. The short personal stories are an excellent touch. This place is well worth a visit. You will...  more »
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  • This is probably the coolest small museum in Edinburgh that nobody outside of Scotland has heard of. The story of the people and their struggles and lives is incredible, honest, and endearing. Go to this place! Make a donation to keep it alive. Ask lots of questions, the staff wandering around are happy to chat with you.
  • A museum about living in 16th-18th century Edinburgh,jobs and earning of different occupations are exhibited here.
  • Hadn't visited here before so popped in for a quick visit - a good size, with a focus on the 'real' people of Edinburgh, rather than the famous names. It covers up until the early 1990s and some things are a bit dated, but for a free museum can't complain! Particularly enjoyed the room with the various professions, and how they compared men to women. There are some stairs, but there also appeared to be a lift for those with mobility issues. A small gift shop and toilets are available.
  • Quirky social history of Edinburgh. Worth a browse. Not too large so won't suck up loads of time browsing every detail. Free toilets on the top floor.
  • Great free place. Covers history from way back till 1980s. Well worth the visit.

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