A fascinating and informative place to visit for the whole family

Discover the humble birthplace cottage of Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919). Find out how Andrew, born a weaver’s son in Dunfermline, emigrated to America and became the richest man in the world, and one of the most generous philanthropists of all time. The Memorial Hall adjoining the cottage tells the story of Andrew Carnegie’s lasting legacy which includes internationally renowned landmarks such as the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Peace Palace in The Hague, over 2,800 public libraries around the globe, Mount Wilson Observatory in California, and, of course, the Diplodocus carnegii dinosaur!

State-of-the-art interactive games, surprising displays, weaving demonstrations, children’s activities, a delightful garden and our little gift shop ensure that the museum is a fascinating and informative place to visit for the whole family. And best of all: Admission is FREE!



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  1. Now be honest, hands up if the Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum hasn’t even been on your radar when you’re thinking about things to do with the kids?

    I used to be the same. Being part of Fife for Kids has opened my eyes to so many gems that I didn’t even know about and the Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum is one of them. Yes, I knew it was there, nestled in Dunfermline’s Heritage Quarter, and right next to Pittencrieff Park (which has its own Andrew Carnegie story), but I hadn’t thought of it much beyond that.

    Oh, how we had been missing out. The team at the museum are extremely dedicated to their education programme and as such, host a whole range of FREE activities for children on a regular basis.

    In the last year, between us, Jess and I have taken our kids to tons of their themed days, including Dippy about Dinosaurs, Easter Holidays Dinosaur Crafternoons, Dinosaur Egg Crafts (there is a theme here…and you’ll need to visit the museum to find out why) Festive Family Fun afternoons and, most recently, Carnegie Creators.

    The team are a dab hand at hosting such activities and our kids have come away with actual facts about Andrew Carnegie, in addition to all their homemade crafts (which to date include homemade snow globes, stained glass window scratch art and shooting stars) AND don’t even get me started on the hours of fun that have been had with the Morse Code exhibit which has been recreated at home with whistles (thanks for that guys 😉)!

    As if that wasn’t enough, their year-round interactive games, toy corner, activities, garden, complete with dinosaurs and great little gift shop mean that the kids are entertained for ages and a visit outwith their themed days is still well worth it. (We like to drop in and then head up to Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries, or to pop into the glen for a picnic and to feed the squirrels). The team have also recently launched Monthly FREE Under 5s Bobbins Sessions which are held on the last Tuesday of each month. Join them for themed songs and sensory play in the museum.

    And did we mention it’s FREE?

    With their knack for providing fun, educational and accessible experiences, it’s no wonder that they have just been shortlisted for the Family Friendly Museum Award 2019.

    Things you need to know:

    * To help you plan, The Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum’s themed days are always listed in the events section of the Fife for Kids Facebook page, as well as their own.

    * There is a carpark immediately next to the museum but as it is Council run, it’s not free.

    * It’s easy to get to using public transport. Dunfermline Train Station and Dunfermline Bus Station are both just a five-minute walk away.

    * The museum works hard to be as accessible as possible and we’d encourage you to check out the accessibility section of their website to find out more about what steps they have taken to make your visit as enjoyable as possible.

    This review was written by Claire from Fife for Kids and all views and opinions expressed are entirely honest.

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