Andrew Carnegie Birthplace
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
On Andrew Carnegie's 60th birthday his wife Louise bought the small cottage in Dunfermline where he was born. The cottage was rented out to tenants, but in 1908 it was opened to the public as a museum. After Carnegie's death in 1919, Mrs Carnegie sponsored a Memorial Treasure House beside the cottage, to house a museum on her late husband's life. This was opened in 1928.
The museum holds over 5000 items relating to Carnegie, his life, and works. There are displays not only on the Carnegie family and young Andrew's life in Dunfermline, but also covering the linen industry in the early 19th century, and how people like the Carnegies lived. See artwork commissioned by the Carnegie family or given to them as gifts, including paintings, sculpture, prints, and a very large collection of presentation caskets given to Carnegie from as far afield as Italy, America, Holland and beyond.
There are science displays covering Carnegie's steel industries in the US, plus early photographic equipment, and pieces of early steel rail.
Step back in time to experience what life was like in early 19th century Dunfermline, and wonder at the courage of Andrew Carnegie, who emigrated to the US with only a few worldly possessions but became the richest man in the world.
Carnegie was a remarkable character, for he never forgot his humble roots in Dunfermline, nor his belief that his money could and should be put to use making the world a better place.
Andrew Carnegie has been called the Father of Modern Philanthropy. Among his many public works is the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Mount Wilson Observatory in California, and the Peace Palace in Den Hague, Netherlands.
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About Andrew Carnegie Birthplace
Address: Moodie Street, Dunfermline , Fife, Scotland, KY12 7PL
Attraction Type: Museum
Website: Andrew Carnegie Birthplace
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Dunfermline Abbey and Palace - 0.2 miles (Abbey)
Abbot House Heritage Centre - 0.3 miles (Museum)
Dunfermline Museum - 0.3 miles (Museum)
Pittencrieff House Museum - 0.4 miles (Museum)
Blackness Castle - 4.9 miles (Castle)
Hopetoun House - 5.1 miles (Historic House)
Dalgety, St Bridget's Kirk - 5.2 miles (Historic Church)
House of the Binns - 6 miles (Historic House)
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