Well, irrespective of whether you want to catch a glimpse of the amazing 18th century Britain, go back in time and meet the mighty T-Rex or perhaps marvel at the artistic genius of the finest artists of all time, the Edinburgh museums are the right place for it. While the galleries featuring world-renowned paintings and sculptures will usually charge an entry fee, the good news is that most museums in Edinburgh are free of charge.
Moreover, most of them include cozy cafés where you and your friends can exchange impressions over a latte or a nice cup of tea. Furthermore, some museums organize guided tours and special events all year long; let’s summarize the top free museums that you should include in your bucket list next time you’re in Edinburgh.
- The Writer’s Museum
Located in a site that exhales history through every pore, The Writer’s Museum has been founded for the purpose of celebrating Scotland’s greatest novelists of all time. Regardless of whom your favorite Scottish author is, be it Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Burns or Sir Walter Scott, this museum is the perfect place to check out rare books, personal effects and valuable portraits of the aforementioned writers.
- National Museum Of Scotland
Recently renovated, the National Museum of Scotland constitutes a fine location to spend your day exploring and learning more about the diversity of the world’s cultures, natural environments, science and technology, art, design and the history of the land. This year the museum will host two great exhibits that are considered must-see events for anyone passionate about history, the Vikings and the Mary, Queen of Scotts collections.
- The People’s Story Museum
Many find the idea of following common people’s life in the past throughout various more or less ordinary situations quite interesting. Housed in the notorious 1591 historic site, the Canongate Tollbooth, People’s Story represents a reverential glimpse of the people who lived in Edinburgh. The attraction of the museum is the jailhouse, which is a part of the original facility packed with real objects used in those times.
- Museum of Childhood
How would you feel about taking a stroll down memory lane, back to the happy times of your childhood? In the case that you would like to relive your dearest and happiest moments of that wonderful period of your life, then the Museum of Childhood is the best place to visit. Integrating vast collections of toys and games children used to play with, the exhibits you can find here could prove very interesting and maybe provide an eye-opening experience for your own kids as well.
- Museum on the Mound
While everyone needs money to get by nowadays, the truth is that few of them know the story of how the concept of money appeared, its evolution and how it managed to become the most important thing in modern society. The Museum on the Mound takes you on a highly interesting journey and allows you to discover the fascinating history of cash! Ironically, even though this museum displays over one million pounds in cash, the admission is free.
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