Edinburgh and the Lothians Sights

Museum of Edinburgh

  • 142 Canongate Map It
  • Old Town

Published 05/04/2017

Fodor's Review

A must-see if you're interested in the details of Old Town life, this house dating from 1570 is home to a fascinating museum of local history, displaying Scottish pottery and Edinburgh silver and glassware, in addition to curios such as Greyfriars Bobby's dog collar. The bright yellow building, revamped after an £800,000 renovation in 2012, is also home to one of the most important artifacts in Scottish history—the National Covenant, signed by Scotland's Presbyterian leadership in 1639. This "profession of faith" was in defiance of a new, reformed liturgy imposed by King Charles I of England and ignited decades of civil war and unrest in Scotland. The museum does a good job of putting this complex history into perspective.

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142 Canongate, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH8 8DD, Scotland

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  • Free

Published 05/04/2017


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