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MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES

Spend a day exploring some of Edinburgh’s fascinating museums and galleries which tell stories of great writers, artists and poets from both Scotland and around the world

National Museum of Scotland
The National Museum of Scotland is one of the Top 10 UK visitor attractions, and in the Top 20 of the most visited museums and galleries in the world. The attraction comprises two parts, the older Royal Museum and the newer Museum of Scotland, which was opened in 1998

Fresh from a £47 million redevelopment, the museum houses a spectacular array of over 20,000 fascinating artefacts. The magnificently diverse collections will take you on an inspirational journey through the history of Scotland, the wonders of nature, world cultures and the excitement of science and discovery – all under one roof

Scottish National Gallery  
The Scottish National Gallery is in the heart of Edinburgh and houses one of the best collections of fine art in the world. See 2 exhibitions, 15 displays and exceptional must sees. There are also 47 events to attend and admission is free

Museum of Childhood
The Museum of Childhood is a fun day out for the whole family. Young people can learn about the children of the past and see a fantastic range of toys and games, while adults enjoy a trip down memory lane

The Writers' Museum 
The Writers’ Museum celebrates the lives of three great Scottish writers – Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson

Visitors can see portraits, rare books and personal objects including Burns’ writing desk, the printing press on which Scott’s Waverley Novels were first produced, and Scott’s own dining table and rocking horse. We have Robert Louis Stevenson’s riding boots and the ring given to him by a Samoan chief, engraved with the name ‘Tusitala’, meaning ‘teller of tales’. There is also a plaster cast of Robert Burns' skull, one of only three ever made. Even if you’re not a bookworm, it’s well worth a visit

Museum of Edinburgh 
The Museum of Edinburgh is the City's treasure box - a maze of historic rooms crammed full of iconic objects from the Capital's past. Find out about the history of Edinburgh from the earliest times to the present day. Discover more about the city, its people, crafts and trades and the beautiful objects they created

Surgeons' Hall Museum
Surgeons’ Hall Museums, part of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, houses one of the largest and most historic collections of artefacts charting the history and development of surgery. The collections include surgical instruments and artworks and one of the largest collections of anatomical specimens in the world

All of the exhibits which have made SHM world-famous are on display: including a pocket book made from the skin of the infamous murderer, William Burke; and exhibits relating to Dr Joseph Bell, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s teacher and main inspiration for Sherlock Holmes, the highlight of which is a letter from the author crediting his mentor as such