Edinburgh Museums

Museum of Childhood 

The world’s first museum to be dedicated solely to the history of childhood, opened in 1955. Contains five galleries with toys and games, both contemporary and antique, from around the world.

 42 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1TG

Museum of Edinburgh          

Home to important collections of Edinburgh history, from prehistoric times to the present. Exhibits include Greyfriars Bobby’s collar, the original model used to create his bronze statue, the National Covenant signed in 1638, and Scottish pottery.   

142 Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH8 8DD

The People’s Story Museum    

Located in the 16th century Tolbooth, this museum reconstructs the lives, work and leisure of Edinburgh people, from the late 18th century to the present. Truly a museum with a difference, experience the sights, sounds and smells of the past!   

Canongate Tolbooth, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH8 8BN

Scottish Parliament    

Take a guided tour, explore an exhibition about the Scottish Parliament and visit the public galleries of the Chamber or Committee rooms to see Parliament in action on business days or hear an informal gallery talk on non-business days.

Horses Wynd, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP

National Museum of Scotland         

The National museum has seven floors of history and things of interest for all to see. Jackie Stewart’s F1 car he won the Championships in. Stuffed animals from all countries. Ancient relics and most of all it’s all free. Free admission  Houses outstanding international collections from Science and Industry, The Natural World, The Decorative Arts plus the history of Scotland from its geological beginnings to the 20th century. 

Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF

Queensferry Museum       

With magnificent views of both Forth bridges, the museum traces the local history, the building of the bridges, and the wildlife of the Forth estuary. See the full-size model of the Burry Man – good luck charm or banisher of evil spirits? 

53 High Street, South Queensferry, EH30 9HP

Georgian House Museum

Charlotte Square Edinburgh EH2 4DR City of Edinburgh Scotland 0131 225 2160

Kinloch Anderson Heritage museum

Dock Street Edinburgh EH6 6EY City of Edinburgh Scotland 0131 555 1390

Royal Scots Regimental Museum

Edinburgh Castle Royal Mile Edinburgh EH1 2YT City of Edinburgh Scotland 0131 310 5016

Scottish National War Museum

Edinburgh Castle Royal Mile Edinburgh EH1 2YT City of Edinburgh Scotland 0131 310 5016

Scottish United Services Museum

Edinburgh Castle Royal Mile Edinburgh EH1 2YT City of Edinburgh Scotland 0131 310 5016

Greyfriars Museum

George IV Bridge Edinburgh EH1 2QQ City of Edinburgh Scotland 0131 2251900

Heart of Midlothian Museum

Gorgie Road Edinburgh EH11 2NL City of Edinburgh Scotland 0131 200 7240

Edinburgh Police Museum

High Street Royal Mile Edinburgh EH1 1QS City of Edinburgh Scotland 0131 226 6966

Agricultural Museum

Inglston Edinburgh EH28 8NB City of Edinburgh Scotland 0131 333 2674

Trinity House Museum

Kirkgate Edinburgh EH6 6BJ City of Edinburgh Scotland 0131 554 3289

Writer’s Museum

Lawnmarket Royal Mile Edinburgh EH1 2PA City of Edinburgh Scotland 0131 529 4901

Museum On The Mound

Mound Edinburgh EH1 1YZ City of Edinburgh Scotland 0131 243 5464

Surgeon’s Hall Museum

Nicolson Street Edinburgh EH8 9DW City of Edinburgh Scotland 0131 557 1711

St Cecilia’s Hall Music Museum

Niddry Street Edinburgh EH1 1NQ City of Edinburgh Scotland 0131 650 1000

Royal Yacht Britannia Museum

Ocean Drive Edinburgh EH6 6JJ City of Edinburgh Scotland 0131 555 5566

Newhaven Heritage Museum

Pier Place Edinburgh EH6 4LP City of Edinburgh Scotland 0131551 4165

Anatomy Museum

Teviot Place Edinburgh EH8 9AG City of Edinburgh Scotland 0131 650 1000

East Lothian Museums

Myreton Motor Museum

Haddington Road Aberlady EH32 0PZ East Lothian Scotland 01875 870 288


National Flag Heritage Centre

Rosebury Place Athelstaneford EH39 5BE East Lothian Scotland 01368 863 329


Dunbar Town House Museum and Gallery

High Street Dunbar EH42 1ER East Lothian Scotland 01368 866030


National Museum of Flight

East Fortune Airfield East Fortune EH39 5LF East Lothian Scotland 0300 123 6789


Musselburgh Museum

High Street Musselburgh EH21 7BZ East Lothian Scotland 0131 665 6642


Coastal Communities Museum

School Road North Berwick EH39 4JU East Lothian Scotland 01620 894313


Prestongrange Museum

Prestongrange Shore Road Prestonpans EH32 9RX East Lothian Scotland 0131 6532904


John Muir Birthplace Museum

High Street Dunbar EH42 1JJ East Lothian Scotland 01368 865 899


Heritage of Golf Museum

West Links Road Gullane EH31 2BB East Lothian Scotland 01875 870 277


Library Museum John Gray Centre

Lodge Street Haddington EH41 3DX East Lothian Scotland 01620 820 690


Glenkinchie Malt Whisky Museum

Main Street Glenkinchie EH34 5ET East Lothian Scotland 01875 342 012

National Mining Museum Scotland

Lady Victoria Colliery Newtongrange EH22 4QN Midlothian Scotland 0131 663 7519


Museums in the Scottish Borders

Hirsel & Homestead Museum Kelso Road Coldstream TD12 4LP Scottish Borders Scotland 01890 882 834
Coldstream Museum Market Square Coldstream TD12 4BD Scottish Borders Scotland 01890 882630
Jim Clark Museum Newtown Street Duns TD11 3AU Scottish Borders Scotland 01361 883960
Old Gala House Scott Crescent Galashiels TD1 3JS Scottish Borders Scotland 01896 752611
Hawick Museum Wilton Lodge Park Hawick TD9 7JL Scottish Borders Scotland 01450 364747
Borders Textile Towerhouse Tower Knowe Hawick TD9 9BZ Scottish Borders Scotland 01450 377615
St Ronan’s Wells Visitor Centre Well’s Brae InnerLeithen TD6 0SA Scottish Borders Scotland 01896 833583
Mary Queen of Scots Museum Queen Street Jedburgh TD8 6EN Scottish Borders Scotland 01835 863331
Jedburgh Castle Jail and Museum Castlegate Jedburgh TD8 6AS Scottish Borders Scotland 01835 864750
Tweeddale Museum and Gallery High Street Peebles EH45 8AG Scottish Borders Scotland 01721 724820
Halliwell’s House Museum Market Place Selkirk TD7 4BL Scottish Borders Scotland 01750 20096
Sir Walter Scott’s Courtroom Market Square Selkirk TD7 4BT Scottish Borders Scotland 01750 20096
Sir Walter Scott’s House Museum Abbotsford Melrose TD6 9BQ Scottish Borders Scotland 01896 752 043

Museums in West Lothian

Annet House Museum & Garden High Street Linlithgow EH49 7EJ West Lothian Scotland 01506 670677
Local History Library High Street Linlithgow EH49 7ED West Lothian Scotland 01506 282 491
Blackridge Community Museum Craig Inn Centre Blackridge EH48 3RJ West Lothian Scotland 01501 752 396
Bo’ness Motor Museum Bridgeness Road Bo’ness EH51 9JR West Lothian Scotland 01506 827007
Kinneil Museum Duchess Anne Cottages Bo’ness EH51 0PR West Lothian Scotland 01506 778530
Almond Valley Heritage Centre Millfield Livingston Village EH54 7AR West Lothian Scotland 01506 414 957
Armadale Museum West Main Street Armadale EH48 3JB West Lothian Scotland 01501 678 400
Bennie Museum Mansefield Street Bathgate EH48 4HU West Lothian Scotland 01506 634944
Whitburn Community Museum Union Road Whitburn EH47 0AR West Lothian Scotland 01501 678 050

Other Museums 

Gas Works Museum Gas Works Road Biggar ML12 6BZ Lanarkshire Scotland 01899 221 070
Leadhills Miners Library Museum Main Street Leadhills ML12 6XP Lanarkshire Scotland 01659 74359
Museum Of Lead Mining Wanlockhead Village Wanlockhead ML12 6UT Dumfries and Galloway Scotland 01659 74387
Clydesdale Museum High Street Biggar ML12 6DH Lanarkshire Scotland 01899 221 070
The David Livingstone Centre Station Road Blantyre G72 9BY Lanarkshire Scotland 0844 493 2207