The Museum of the People

The Museum of the People
The Museum of the People


The People's Story Museum, as its name suggests, depicts the daily lives of Edinburgh residents from the eighteenth century to the current day. The museum, which opened in 1989, is housed in a 1591 building that was originally a prison. Visitors can still see traces from that historical period.

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The museum has the greatest collection of early reform flags and banners in the UK, with 144 in all. Banners in support of political reform, labor unions, and the anti-apartheid movement are among them. The museum also has waxworks that depict the written history of the people of Edinburgh.


The museum has three galleries as well as a film screening area. Written histories and waxworks The last two galleries depict Edinburgh in the mid- to late-twentieth century. In the screening room, a video depicts the personal tales of four Edinburgh residents who grew up in the city and worked in the printing and construction trades, a co-op store, and as a servant.

The exhibits are

Several displays on the museum's three floors represent the lives of Edinburgh's population, from their day-to-day jobs to how they spend their leisure time and holidays. The first floor houses a number of massive life-size waxworks depicting the daily lives of town residents in the eighteenth century, including how they earned their wages, how they lived, and how offenders were punished. As you progress to the next floor, you'll find yourself in the nineteenth and twentieth century, when cooperative movements and enterprises grow more organized and specialized. Poverty permeates into houses during times of war, and the displays depict how families fight to make ends meet and make the best of what they have. It's finally time to unwind after a long day at work. The installations on the third level show how Edinburgh residents spent their free time and vacations, particularly at home. Other key themes discussed on this floor are how religion and culture have influenced many generations.

A pleasurable visit

The People's Story Museum is one of Edinburgh's most visually appealing and interactive museums. The intricate life-size replicas that reflect diverse elements of the city's population will keep visitors occupied for a few hours. It's not every day that you get the chance to visit a wartime kitchen or a nineteenth-century bindery (bookbinders). It's not only entertaining, but it's also conveniently positioned in front of Canongate Kirkyard (Cemetery) and the Edinburgh Museum. Furthermore, because admission is free, there is no reason not to go.

The best ways to see People's Story and the surrounding attractions

The locality Address Old Town is where you'll find yourself.The Old Town is home to few Edinburgh residents, but its maze of dark lanes and steep streets suggests that this was not always the case. On its cobblestone streets today, you'll largely find tourists, tartan-flavored gift shops, and pipers. This is the best place to get a sense of Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was previously known, and to walk the Royal Mile, which connects the castle and the royal palace, two of Edinburgh's most famous landmarks. But there's plenty more exploring to be done here, with dozens of small lanes, or wynds, to explore during the day, and the city's busiest clubs erupting at night along the Cowgate, which is blocked to traffic for this reason.

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