Just me talking about costume-y kind of stuff
The Museum was an unexpected delight. We really didn't know anything about what to expect in Edinburgh, so it was great that there were so many neat things to do and see. The building itself was an architectural delight. When you first walked in onto what seemed to be the ground floor it was like you were actually in a subterranean crypt. At first I thought that it was going to be tiny and not have much to see. There were a few things in niches plus the toilets, and gift shop. But then you go upstairs and it's so open and full of light and just keeps going up. The photo above is of the Grande Gallery which was designed by Captain Francis Fowke, the same man who was responsible for the Royal Albert Hall, and was inspired by the Crystal Palace. By the end of our visit we'd almost forgotten what the entrance was like, pictured below.
The Fashion Gallery
The fashion gallery was comparable to the one at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
There was a display of antique sewing machines.
As if I don't do enough laundry every day of my life, both at home and at work. At least I'm not having to scrub clothes on a washboard and wring them out and hang them to dry. And the only place I iron clothes is at work. My grandmother used to iron the sheets, tablecloths, and napkins every Sunday. Can you even imagine doing all that work?
There was armor from a Muslim soldier.
There was a small wing off the main gallery dedicated to Scottish life and industry. There were a few things related to clothing and costume.
Velvet suit made by Liberty & Co., about 1905, a well-to-do child's outfit for special occasions.
Lady's wood suit with matching hat, about 1905. Made in Paris, possibly from wool woven in Scotland.
Costumes from the world's cultures exhibit
There was a display of Police Boxes. I was so happy to finally see a TARDIS, I just couldn't believe that I had to go to Edinburgh to see one.
Dolly the Sheep
Lunch at the museum was much cheaper than in London and much better. Lentil soup and half a sandwich with crisps and a drink. The soup was so good that Rob googled the recipe and made it as soon as we got back home.