The Museum of Edinburgh, Edinburgh

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The Museum of Edinburgh, formerly known as Huntly House Museum, is a museum in Edinburgh, Scotland, housing a collection relating to the town's origins, history and legends. Exhibits include an original copy of the National Covenant signed at Greyfriars Kirk in 1638 and a reconstruction of Field Marshal Earl Haig's headquarters on the Western Front during the Great War, the latter exhibiting items bequeathed to the Museum.Situated in the late 16th-century Huntly House on the Royal Mile, the museum is maintained by City of Edinburgh Council.
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  • Really interesting museum in the Royal Mile. It is very deceptive as it is over three floors, so lots to see. Also caters for children with an arts and craft room. The building itself was old and quai...  more »
  • The museum is pretty small, but it does give you an idea of what life in Edinburgh has been like throughout its history.  more »
  • Themed museum about the history of the city, in an old bourgeois House. There are some very interesting collections (such as silverware or the Commander of the British forces in World War I), together with the more touristy reconstructions. Whereas it is totally free, is commendable.
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  • This tiny building sure packed a lot of historical gems inside! Pretty impressive collection of historical artifacts. The museum has a big room with all kind of hands-on activities for kids too and even a dress up closet. Definitely worth of visiting. And it's free.
  • Great museum, I do wish more context was given at points, however for those that wish to learn more, I would highly recommend visiting the national museum of Scotland first, and then coming here! It will put what you learn here into greater context.
  • Fantastic! Beautiful building steeped in historical knowledge. Fun for kids with lots of activities for them to enjoy.
  • Amazing variety of science, history industrial technology. Such a huge place to be available for free! Even the tour was free and our guide was quiet but lovely.
  • The Museum of Edinburgh is great and is filled with historic excitement.It has got a lot of cool pre-historic things and the staff here is amazing.

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Edinburgh hides a maze of cobbled streets dotted with boutique hotels offering inexpensive rooms and outstanding restaurants. Many of the city's Gothic buildings house chic hotels with easy access to most of the city’s main tourist sites. For a uniquely Scottish experience, consider staying in the famous old town. Despite being in this historical district, many hotels here feature contemporary decor with lots of glass walls and muted color schemes. They’re also known for offering spacious rooms, comfortable beds, and restaurants serving classic European cuisine, with a modern Scottish twist.
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