Buildings on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh
Credit: Edinburgh Museums

Museum of Edinburgh and The People’s Story

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Mon 30 Jun 2014

It was a beautiful afternoon, so I decided to take my one year old daughter into town. I love taking her to museums. She gets to see things she’s never seen before and she learns so much. This time we checked out the Museum of Edinburgh on the Royal Mile.

Museum Of Edinburgh

It looks quite small from the outside, so I was surprised when we walked in and discovered a whole network of rooms. The exhibitions were all about the origins and history of Edinburgh. There were old plans and models of the city, and many historical artefacts. The displays involved a lot of reading to understand the context of the objects, which was difficult with a toddler to keep an eye on. There wasn’t really much on her level to keep her interest, until we got to the kids ‘Activity Centre’, which was full of crafts and dressing-up costumes. Although she was too young for most of it, she had fun exploring.

As we left I noticed The People’s Story Museum just across the road, so we popped in there too. Although smaller, this museum was more interesting for the both of us. The displays are all about the people of Edinburgh throughout history. We particularly liked the sets depicting typical scenes from the late 18th century to the present day, like this wartime kitchen scene.

Peoples Story Museum

There was information next to each scene to explain the characters and what they were doing. The museum building was once used as a jail, and there was even a jail scene in one of the original cells.

Admission was free at both museums and the staff were very helpful and friendly. Certainly worth a look if you’re exploring the Royal Mile.

Museum of Edinburgh, 142-146 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8DD

The People’s Story Museum, 163 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BN