The Writers' Museum The Writers' Museum

The Writers' Museum

Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2PA, United Kingdom | +44 (0) 131 529 4901 | Website

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The Writers’ Museum celebrates the lives of three giants of Scottish Literature – Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson. Home to portraits, rare books and personal objects including Burns’ writing desk, the printing press on which Scott’s Waverley Novels were first produced, and the rocking horse he used as a child. We have Robert Louis Stevenson’s riding boots and the ring given to him by a Samoan chief, engraved with the name ‘Tusitala’, meaning ‘teller of tales’. There is also a plaster cast of Robert Burns' skull, one of only three ever made. This free museum is easy to locate just off the Lawnmarket, the top part of Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile, in Lady Stair’s Close. With a wide range of stories and objects this museum has something for everyone to enjoy, whether young or old, local resident or visitor. You don’t need to have read these writers’ works to enjoy the fascinating life stories told in the Writers’ Museum. Collection Highlights include: The Writers’ rich collections include books, manuscripts, portraits and fascinating personal items relating to Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson. Highlights include a first edition of Scott’s novel Waverley and Stevenson’s beloved classic, A Child’s Garden of Verses. Manuscripts include Burns’ draft of Scots wha hae (‘Bruce’s Address to his troops at Bannockburn’). There is also the press on which Scott’s Waverley Novels were printed, a chair used by Burns to correct proofs at William Smellie’s printing office, and Stevenson’s wardrobe made by the infamous Deacon Brodie whose double life may have inspired the novel The strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.


Unfortunately, due to the age of the building, the Writers museum is not accessible for wheelchairs users and visitors with limited mobility may struggle because the museum is located on several floors with no lift. The main entrance has 1 step and a handrail. There is no lift and no ramp. Regrettably, the museum (including the shop, toilets and information desk) is inaccessible for wheelchair users. The stairs are uneven and hazardous, especially later in the day when it is darker inside. There are steps from the main entrance to: – Lower ground floor – First floor – 2nd floor – Reception/Shop desk – Second floor toilets – First floor shop

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Specific events are occasionally arranged with descriptive guidance for Visually Impaired Visitors or with a BSL interpreter present.


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