Edinburgh has a rich and fascinating history, and this is reflected in the city’s many museums. From the smallest local history museum to the hugely popular national museums, there is more than enough to keep you entertained every day of the week.
Arguably the most popular is the National Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street. This free resource was given a major upgrade a few years ago and is now one of the UK’s premier attractions. The permanent exhibitions include wonderful interactive displays and cover diverse subjects such as astronomy, ancient Egypt, science and technology, Scottish history and zoology. They also regularly host great temporary exhibits, so it is worth checking their website to see what is coming up.
At the other end of the scale you will find a host of smaller museums inhabiting beautiful historical buildings in the Old Town. You could learn about local history, famous literary figures or see some wonderful antique toys. For a unique (and sometimes macabre) view of the history of medicine you should seek out Surgeon’s Hall in the South side.
The city of Edinburgh is dominated by the imposing form of Edinburgh Castle, and one of the capital’s most popular attractions is housed within its walls. For a fascinating, and sometimes poignant, exploration of military history and the lives of those who signed up to defend their nation head to the National War Museum.
Edinburgh’s museums are fascinating, thought provoking, and often free – what more could you ask for!