People's Story
People's Story
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The People's Story gives an unique insight in to Edinburgh's working class people from the 18th century to the late 20th century. The displays include tableaux, original objects, images and personal stories to reveal their fascinating history of the city. The collection focuses on the history, culture, crafts and trades, and the people of Edinburgh but also as a place to explore more contemporary issues, events and opinions.
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Neighbourhood: Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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  • KC_Adventuring
    Atlanta, Georgia57 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Edinburgh museum with a good overview of the ordinary citizens
    Excellent overview of the way ordinary people lived in Edinburgh over the centuries. Museum displays are interesting and the stories are well told. It's an easy museum to walk through and you learn a lot about the lives of regular people in the city. Admission is free, but I was disappointed to not see an obvious place for donations anywhere in the museum.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 October 2023
  • matthew p
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom99 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    just a look about.
    its okay place when you walk inside here you get to see a mannequin of a town guard and a cell which was probably a vagrant cell in the past. there are different things to see on each floor you go too. one rooms shows how people would lived in the past then the next floor you go up to has a exhibition about the Newhaven fisher wives and other such trades. and you also get to see banners from the past then there is another room which you can watch a video about Edinburgh and its past there are toilets on the ground floor and also there is a ramp at front door so that people with buggies or wheel chair users can access the building. p.s - be careful when going to the video room as the spiral stair case is dimly lit.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 2 March 2024
  • AADDH
    Grantham, United Kingdom64 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the more interesting museums
    Really interesting collection of artifacts, with a focus on the lives of ordinary citizens of Edinburgh. Lots of direct quotes which allowed people to tell their stories in their own words. Great history of the Labour movement in Edinburgh and the fight for better pay and living conditions. Just a pity that the video wasn’t working on the day we visited
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 March 2024
  • Margaret
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Be inspired by People Power!
    This unassuming but well-appointed museum documents the history of the people whose struggles and hard work helped make Edinburgh the beautiful, vibrant city it is today. Their battles for the right to vote, to protest, and to campaign together for fair wages and hours are presented in a clear, concise way. The early days of trade unions, and the beginnings of the Scottish Labour Party also feature. The many achievements of Edinburgh's least fortunate citizens over the centuries are inspiring, even as for some the challenges continue. The People's Story is definitely well worth a visit. Entry is free, but if you can make a donation it will no doubt assist the museum to continue to document the contributions of Edinburgh's less affluent citizens. NB The ground and first floors are accessible for prams/pushchairs, but you'll need help to get up to the second floor and toilets.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 April 2024
  • Janet S
    Williamsburg, Virginia1,108 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lift allowed us access to first two floors. We skipped the stairs to the video.
    Another small, free, eclectic museum. There were a lot of tableau depicting a variety of occupations. These included costumed mannequins, tools, and other implements used in the occupation. We were pleased to be able to use a lift to skip the stairs to the 1st floor. It was certainly worth what we paid for our visit.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 April 2024
  • JR_Essex
    Chelmsford, United Kingdom569 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Story of tough life
    The Peoples Story is a lovely little museum telling the story of life for the working people over the past 200 years. The displays were really well put together, showing the different areas of the city and timelines. We found it very interesting and it highlights how tough life was with little money, poor education, lack of sanitation, etc. As the museum is small it only takes around 30 minutes to explore and entry is free, although they welcome donations. Well worth a visit.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 May 2024
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WingWingOne
London, UK912 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Gives a good overview of the life and housing of people in Edinburgh through the ages.
Set up is a bit old fashioned, but it s a free museum (depending on donations).
Take 45 - 60 mins
Written 16 June 2024
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JR_Essex
Chelmsford, UK569 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The Peoples Story is a lovely little museum telling the story of life for the working people over the past 200 years. The displays were really well put together, showing the different areas of the city and timelines. We found it very interesting and it highlights how tough life was with little money, poor education, lack of sanitation, etc. As the museum is small it only takes around 30 minutes to explore and entry is free, although they welcome donations. Well worth a visit.
Written 22 May 2024
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Beverley R
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We love a social history museum, it gives you a 'feel' about what life was like and how an area has developed, declined and evolved. Can highly recommend this Museum. Easy to get to if using the Hop on/off sightseeing bus as we did and bonus that the Museum of Edinburgh is nearly opposite.
Written 30 April 2024
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Janet S
Williamsburg, VA1,108 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Another small, free, eclectic museum. There were a lot of tableau depicting a variety of occupations. These included costumed mannequins, tools, and other implements used in the occupation. We were pleased to be able to use a lift to skip the stairs to the 1st floor. It was certainly worth what we paid for our visit.
Written 28 April 2024
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Margaret
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
This unassuming but well-appointed museum documents the history of the people whose struggles and hard work helped make Edinburgh the beautiful, vibrant city it is today. Their battles for the right to vote, to protest, and to campaign together for fair wages and hours are presented in a clear, concise way. The early days of trade unions, and the beginnings of the Scottish Labour Party also feature.

The many achievements of Edinburgh's least fortunate citizens over the centuries are inspiring, even as for some the challenges continue.

The People's Story is definitely well worth a visit. Entry is free, but if you can make a donation it will no doubt assist the museum to continue to document the contributions of Edinburgh's less affluent citizens.

NB The ground and first floors are accessible for prams/pushchairs, but you'll need help to get up to the second floor and toilets.
Written 7 April 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

David M
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
I was very excited to see and explore a museum all about the people...
unfortunately i was reading information at the front of the museum near where an older staff member (very scruffy looking and intense in his approach) and another man were talking...
You'd think that in a museum about people the staff would be compassionate...however..heard lots of harsh words about immigration...how people steal "our' houses...very disgusting and disappointing to witness..
Dampened the xperienc for me and my wife..
Written 14 March 2024
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AADDH
Grantham, UK64 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Really interesting collection of artifacts, with a focus on the lives of ordinary citizens of Edinburgh. Lots of direct quotes which allowed people to tell their stories in their own words. Great history of the Labour movement in Edinburgh and the fight for better pay and living conditions.
Just a pity that the video wasn’t working on the day we visited
Written 3 March 2024
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matthew p
Edinburgh, UK99 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
its okay place when you walk inside here you get to see a mannequin of a town guard and a cell which was probably a vagrant cell in the past. there are different things to see on each floor you go too. one rooms shows how people would lived in the past then the next floor you go up to has a exhibition about the Newhaven fisher wives and other such trades. and you also get to see banners from the past then there is another room which you can watch a video about Edinburgh and its past there are toilets on the ground floor and also there is a ramp at front door so that people with buggies or wheel chair users can access the building. p.s - be careful when going to the video room as the spiral stair case is dimly lit.
Written 2 March 2024
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John M
London, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Great place would come again me and my family had a fun time. Good for kids and adults. Definitely something different to do
Written 17 January 2024
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Alan304
Cranford, NJ2,109 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The museum presents aspects of Edinburgh’s history through the eyes of people who lived there. The museum is engaging and admission is free.
Written 26 November 2023
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