The People's Story Museum
Telephone: 0131 200 2300
The People's Story Museum is housed in the late 16th century Canongate Tolbooth opposite Huntly House, and it’s a museum with a difference.
It uses oral history, written sources, and reminiscences to tell the story of the lives of ordinary people in Edinburgh from the late 18th century onwards. It is free to visit too, although donations are welcome.
From work to home life, social activities, and healthcare, history is brought to life through recreated settings, costumed figures, and displays. Follow Edinburgers through the ages, from slums to social housing, and beyond. See a Bookbinder’s workshop, a wartime kitchen, and even former jail, which is an original part of the historic building. There is an international significant collection of banners, many of which are beautifully made, a collection of objects from different faiths and ethnic and social groups.
You can learn about how the people of Edinburgh have come together to protest, campaign, celebrate, and change their city, and see a collection relating to the once busy seaport of Leith. It's a valuable resource for those studying the region at school or for fun, like for helping with your family tree!
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It may be worth checking out The People's Story Museum's website to see if there are any special events or seasonal fun things to do that may be going on during the day.
We do strongly suggest you contact The People's Story Museum before you set off on your family day out, just to make sure they are open and to confirm admission prices, as there is nothing worse than disappointed kids in the back of your car after a long journey.
2016 Opening Details:
Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm
Sunday 12pm to 5pm (during Edinburgh festival only)
Prices & Admission
Admission is free, but donations are welcome.
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