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Top Museums in Edinburgh

Image title Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh by Kevin Gibbons is licensed under CC BY 2.0 / Cropped from original

The best museums are not always the fancy ones that have been around for a hundred years, nor the humongous art galleries. Some of the top museums in Edinburgh are hidden away, down side streets and around unsuspecting corners. Join us as we list just a few of the best museums in Edinburgh to visit during your trip!

 

HMY Britannia Museum (Royal Yacht Britannia.)

Her Majesty’s is a yacht that previously belonged to the British Monarchy. The 412-foot ship was in use from 1954 until 1997; during this time she was only the second vessel to have been made since the reconstruction of King Charles II back in 1660. The museum is open to the public and has many daily tours. It’s certainly not for the sea-sick but great for kids! Build an interest with your children, fuel your passion for British history and visit the Royal Yacht Britannia during your trip.

 

Surgeon’s Hall Museum

The Surgeon’s Hall museum is home to many permanent and temporary exhibitions featuring artifacts of medical history in Scotland. With exhibitions like the Ophthalmology exhibit (Anatomy and study of eye diseases) it certainly isn’t for those with a delicate stomach. The exhibition on plastic surgery and the study of changing one’s aesthetics is absolutely incredible, not to mention their awesome but gruesome dental collection as well as their history of surgeons feature. This is definitely a good chosen venue to visit when it comes to visiting Edinburgh – not just for the squeamish factor, but also the huge amount of knowledge regarding medical sciences and how they’ve evolved over the years.

 

The Writer’s Museum Edinburgh

The Writer’s Museum is home to some of the most well kept artifacts belonging to Scotland’s most famous writers including the likes of Robert Burns, Robert Louis Stevenson and Sir Walter Scott. With items ranging from shoes to hats to personal notepads owned by these three gents and more, you can really dive into the lives of these past authors and learn a lot about the mindset and what was really the inspiration behind their works! Take the exciting journey back in time to see how life worked for these creative minds!

 

Museum of Childhood

The Museum of Childhood really is a brilliant place both for kids and adults! The museum is home to toys of years gone past and is a great way to share your childhood past with your family. The grand exhibition of toys from the 1800’s, 1900’s and upwards leaves the mind boggled and even curious to know more of the composition and inception of the products. With a description for each toy you’ll learn a lot about how children have acted throughout the years and witness cultural evolution in action. It’s definitely a sure bet to keep the whole family amused and engaged during your trip.

 

John Knox House

Last but not least we come to the John Knox House. John Knox is a well-known name across Edinburgh history, predominantly as a Protestant reformer and a key figure in the Scottish reformation. The house was not actually the permanent residence of John Knox but it is believed that he passed away in the house whilst he was temporarily residing there during the raids of Edinburgh Castle in the 16th Century. This house is full of different artifacts which have been preserved over the years specifically to be exhibited to this day. The truth of his homes whereabouts are not certain but there is a plaque referring to presence outside Warrinston Close. John Knox House is also known to be the only medieval building still standing in Edinburgh, surely that’s cool enough to drive you to see it!

 

Visiting Top Museums in Edinburgh

Visiting the top museums in Edinburgh can be an exhilarating but exhausting activity. Fortunately, with our very own Parliament House Hotel being situated in the city centre of Edinburgh, never has there been a better place to set base and relax after a day’s exploring. Why not head on over to our Special Offers to find out about our fantastic packages on offer!

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