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The People's Story Museum

Edinburgh, Edinburgh and Lothian, Scotland

Attraction Information

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Suitable for all ages

Venue type: Indoor

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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Getting There and Contact Information


163 Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Edinburgh and Lothian, EH8 8BN, Scotland


Click here to visit The People's Story Museum's website
0131 200 2300

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Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm Sunday 12pm to 5pm (during Edinburgh festival only)


Admission is free, but donations are welcome.


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Edinburgh, Edinburgh and Lothian, Scotland


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