Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Exploring Edinburgh // Museum of Edinburgh


1 month from today and these photos will officially be a full-year-old. I told you that when I have a day away that I take enough photos to last months! Anyways, as the bright red and yellow building shows, this is the Museum of Edinburgh and as it's name suggests it is a building crammed with all things to do with the Scottish capital. 
The 'Edinburgh Museums' website says it better than I ever could so here is what they say you can expect from the 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.''.


If you have seen my other posts from this day out* you'll know it was a packed day from beginning to end. Sadly this was our last museum of the day. Due to the approaching closing time that we were politely reminded about, our visit was cut short and we didn't get to look at everything in as much detail as we'd have liked. Nevermind, it just means another visit will have to be on the cards!

What made this place stand out in my memory was something that couldn't really be photographed. There was a little dark room through a passageway to your left as your entered and it had a big projection screen on the floor which played a short film about the history of the city, which was right up my street. I don't know if it was just a tempory thing or if it's a permanent exhibition but, either way, I loved it.
After we watched that we got to have a quick look around the other collections and stuff and I think out of all the museums I've visited and definitely recommend this hidden gem. There are so many interesting and unique items here that there weren't elsewhere. I won't write too much about what is there for those who'd like to experience it themselves, obviously, the photos are enough of a spoiler as it is haha.
However, something that I feel that should be mentioned is a special display case that I felt very lucky to see - all of Greyfriars Bobby's belongings. It was very touching to see and another thing I had no idea even existed. (You can see those photos below).


As you might spy in a couple shots above, there is a room full of beautiful, shining, silver. We didn't get to have a good look at this room as I much prefer old books, swords, and other artifacts so spent our time elsewhere - I did, however, snap a shot of two silver dog collars (3rd photo down after the last paragraph of text) which were actually from 1828 and would have belonged to winning race Greyhounds... I hope they were merely 'trophies' and not worn as they don't look very comfortable, but their adjustability makes me think otherwise.

I'll leave it there for today and would love to hear what you thought if you've been. For those who haven't been,  Museum of Edinburgh is situated at 142 Canongate on the Royal Mile at the opposite end to the Castle and is FREE entry! Please consider leaving a donation or spending some pennies in the gift shop as it is a great place to visit and support. 






12 comments:

  1. It looks very interesting. I would love to visit it and it's free, even better :)

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  2. I love the actual building, it's so pretty and bright! I need to visit more museums, I love learning all about different things and this definitely seems like one I would enjoy! Another reason for me to head up North haha! xx

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    1. Isn't it crazy?! It made it funnier that I'd never noticed it before haha Museums are my fave! Apart from when there are kids running around but this one was super quiet.

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  3. I find museums a little hit and miss for my tastes, they have to be something I really enjoy or something obscure (there's a lamp museum that I'd quite like to go to in Ghent...), for me to enjoy them. I usually give general history ones a miss, but every now and then we go in one and then I'm reminded that things can be quite interesting :)

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    1. I just like museums in general haha I dunno why!

      xo

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  4. This place is still on my list - I love seeing old artefacts and discovering more about a place, and this is so much closer than it was before so I really need to pay a visit soon. Lovely post and photos Danielle! - Tasha

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    1. You really do need to get yourself to Edinburgh & I'll come meet you!

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  5. Great photos - this looks like a great place to visit. I went to Edinburgh once but don't recall going to this museum. So a trip here will definitely be on the cards in the not-too-distant future! x www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

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    1. There is SO much to do in Edinburgh you really need to go a few times or for a little holiday to see everything!

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  6. Free is great, I love Edinburgh, such an atmospheric city with a ton of history!

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    1. 90% of the places I visit are free! It is indeed.

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