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People's Story, Edinburgh

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#15 of 60 in Museums in Edinburgh
The People’s Story explores the lives of Edinburgh’s ordinary people at work and play from the late 18th century to today. The People’s Story is housed in the Canongate Tollbooth, a Royal Mile landmark built in 1591 and used in the past to conduct burgh affairs, collect taxes and as a jail. If you want to experience a real slice of Edinburgh life in the past, from workdays to washdays, high days to holidays, The People’s Story is the museum to visit.

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  • We stumbled across this attraction by accident whilst searching for things to do on our trip....as it was free (donations welcomed) we thought we would give it ago. Neither of us are particularly into...  more »
  • This is a well laid out museum,but I was unable to get much enthusiasm for the museum.There was little about football and there was for some reason a photo of the confectionary desk at an Odeom.  more »
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  • Great wee museum. Free. Interesting arrangement of glimpses into the past and recent past spread out over a few floors. An hour or so here will do it. Combine it with a visit to the Museum of Edinburgh which is directly across the road.
  • I enjoyed learning about the history of the lower and middle class of Edinburgh residents. It was a welcomed change of pace from the lives of royalty. And I really enjoyed all the real(istic) stories of local people from the times that they talked about.
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