Museums in Edinburgh
7 Charlotte Square. National Trust for Scotland.
One of Robert Adam's designs for Charlotte Square, considered a masterpiece of urban architecture. Now restored as a typical 1790-1810 mansion. China, silver, paintings and furniture are on display. Video on Georgian Edinburgh.
John Knox House
On the Royal Mile
A town house built before 1490. Exhibits about John Knox.
Lady Stair’s House/Writer’s Museum
Located on the Royal Mile
Display of the manuscripts, relics and memorabilia of Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and R.L. Stevenson.
Museum of Childhood
Located on the Royal Mile.
Displays include toys, costumes, books, dolls and games.
National Gallery of Scotland
Located on Princes St.
Collection of European art from 15th century to 19th century.
National Portrait Gallery
Located on Queen St.
Portraits of persons of historic interest.
National War Museum of Scotland
Located in Edinburgh Castle
Newly re-opened museum with six gallleries of exhibitions that tell the story of soldiers, Scotland’s military past, battles, uniforms and more—35,000 exhibits.
At Calton Hill.
106 ft. tall, tiered, circular tower with viewing gallery (143 steps) provides panorama of Edinburgh.
Royal Museum of Scotland
Located on Chambers St.
Exhibits of the natural world, scientific and industrial development, and decorative arts.
Royal Yacht Britannia
At Leith, Edinburgh
This is the former Royal Yacht with most of the rooms open for viewing. Adjacent visitor centre.
National Museum of Scotland
Adjacent to the Royal Museum.
History of Scotland exhibits.
On Princes St.
A 200 ft. high neo-Gothic spire with 64 statuettes of Scott's novels' characters. Four viewing platforms (287 steps by narrow stairs to the top) allow for viewing Edinburgh.