Music Museum

City of Edinburgh | Old Town | Museum | ★★★

[St Cecilia's Hall]

Tucked away on a side street in Edinburgh's Old Town is one of the capital's underrated gems: the University of Edinburgh's Music Museum, and the adjoining Georgian venue of St Cecilia's Hall. The music museum, which reopened in 2017 after renovation, contains over 400 of the university's impressive collection of musical instruments, the main highlight of which is a world-renowned array of ornate harpsichords. Meanwhile, St Cecilia's Hall is Scotland's oldest purpose-built concert venue; dating from 1762, this intimate pink space still hosts regular recitals. We were the only people in the museum for the entirety of our visit - a good place to escape the high season crowds, perhaps?

[Harpsichord collection]

Location & info

📌 Music Museum ★★★
50 Niddry Street, Cowgate, 10-min walk south of Edinburgh Waverley station, G.R.: NT 260735 ///mouth.flock.burns
🚆🚌 Local buses, train to Edinburgh Waverley or tram to St Andrew Square.
Open Tuesday to Saturday | Free

[The museum houses over 400 musical instruments]


[Unusual instruments]

[St Cecilia's Hall]


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