Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum

Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum Andrew Carnegie was a weaver's son who became the richest man in the world and gave his wealth away for the benefit of mankind.

The birthplace of modern philanthropy, the museum tells his inspiring story which is still relevant today.

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With Autumn just around the corner, it's time for our favourite colour to come out of the woodworks again - mustard yell...
08/09/2021

With Autumn just around the corner, it's time for our favourite colour to come out of the woodworks again - mustard yellow! And we've got the perfect dino toys to match all the autumn leaves. ๐Ÿ’›

Ethically made woolen toys by Best Years. Available in a range of sizes and colours from our shop.

With Autumn just around the corner, it's time for our favourite colour to come out of the woodworks again - mustard yellow! And we've got the perfect dino toys to match all the autumn leaves. ๐Ÿ’›

Ethically made woolen toys by Best Years. Available in a range of sizes and colours from our shop.

On this day 108 years ago the Peace Palace (Vredespaleis), an international law building in The Hague, Netherlands, open...
28/08/2021

On this day 108 years ago the Peace Palace (Vredespaleis), an international law building in The Hague, Netherlands, opened. This beautiful Delftware plate commemorated the occasion.
Andrew Carnegie donated a jaw-dropping $1.5 million (equivalent of $500 million today) towards this building project. Why not come and visit our museum to find out more about Carnegie's peace initiatives!

Image description: white plate with blue pattern, depicting the Peace Palace building in the middle with two white peace doves flying in the sky above

On this day 108 years ago the Peace Palace (Vredespaleis), an international law building in The Hague, Netherlands, opened. This beautiful Delftware plate commemorated the occasion.
Andrew Carnegie donated a jaw-dropping $1.5 million (equivalent of $500 million today) towards this building project. Why not come and visit our museum to find out more about Carnegie's peace initiatives!

Image description: white plate with blue pattern, depicting the Peace Palace building in the middle with two white peace doves flying in the sky above

Does everybody know what time it is? It's time for another collections  jigsaw!Today, we are travelling to 1870s China w...
16/08/2021
Temple in Canton by Milton Miller, 1870s - jigsaw puzzle (42 pieces)

Does everybody know what time it is? It's time for another collections jigsaw!
Today, we are travelling to 1870s China with Andrew Carnegie who bought this photograph on his travels in 1878-9. It depicts a mountain temple in Canton.

Photography is a useful tool for not only recording one's travel memories in a souvenir album, but also documenting places at risk of being destroyed by the influx of tourists.
https://www.jigsawplanet.com/?rc=play&pid=15bb16ea5693

Free online jigsaw puzzle game

Reminder!Today and this weekend are the last days you can take part in the Dunfermline #HQExplorers Summer Safari PAST-P...
13/08/2021

Reminder!

Today and this weekend are the last days you can take part in the Dunfermline #HQExplorers Summer Safari PAST-PORT ๐Ÿฆ

If you've got a unfinished past-port lying about at home, time to get cracking and collect your final stamps so you can go home with a nice Dunfermline woven patch. ๐Ÿ›ก๏ธ

Reminder!

Today and this weekend are the last days you can take part in the Dunfermline #HQExplorers Summer Safari PAST-PORT ๐Ÿฆ

If you've got a unfinished past-port lying about at home, time to get cracking and collect your final stamps so you can go home with a nice Dunfermline woven patch. ๐Ÿ›ก๏ธ

We all know Andrew loved libraries, reading, and anything book related - and we'd like to continue his efforts! As well ...
10/08/2021

We all know Andrew loved libraries, reading, and anything book related - and we'd like to continue his efforts! As well as our Little Library outside where you'll find a range of used books to borrow and swap, we also have lots of affordable children's books in our wee gift shop.

'Everybody's Welcome' is another recent addition, which cleverly looks at issues such as immigration and displacement through the tale of animals living in a forest who move about and club together to help each other in their time of need. ๐Ÿป ๐Ÿธ ๐Ÿญ

We all know Andrew loved libraries, reading, and anything book related - and we'd like to continue his efforts! As well as our Little Library outside where you'll find a range of used books to borrow and swap, we also have lots of affordable children's books in our wee gift shop.

'Everybody's Welcome' is another recent addition, which cleverly looks at issues such as immigration and displacement through the tale of animals living in a forest who move about and club together to help each other in their time of need. ๐Ÿป ๐Ÿธ ๐Ÿญ

Today is International Beer Day and we'd like to celebrate one of many women whose research has been funded by Carnegie ...
06/08/2021

Today is International Beer Day and we'd like to celebrate one of many women whose research has been funded by Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland.

Anna MacGillivray Macleod was leading Scottish botanist and biochemist who was the first female Professor of Brewing and Biochemistry in the world, appointed by @heriotwattuni in 1975. Following her retirement, she maintained links with her previous department and was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Science by Heriot-Watt for her discovery of Gibberellich acid.

During her career she received the Horace Brown Medal, the highest honour in the brewing industry. Her research was supported by Carnegie Grants in 1958 and 1969.

Today is International Beer Day and we'd like to celebrate one of many women whose research has been funded by Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland.

Anna MacGillivray Macleod was leading Scottish botanist and biochemist who was the first female Professor of Brewing and Biochemistry in the world, appointed by @heriotwattuni in 1975. Following her retirement, she maintained links with her previous department and was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Science by Heriot-Watt for her discovery of Gibberellich acid.

During her career she received the Horace Brown Medal, the highest honour in the brewing industry. Her research was supported by Carnegie Grants in 1958 and 1969.

This week, we are said goodbye to two fabulous members of staff - our Curator/Manager Kirke and our Visitor Services Off...
05/08/2021

This week, we are said goodbye to two fabulous members of staff - our Curator/Manager Kirke and our Visitor Services Officer Annie! Both of them brought so much creativity, enthusiasm and joy to our team. Here is a wee medley of what they were up to at the museum.
We wish them all the best in their new careers - they will be sorely missed! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ญ

Look at this absolutely egg-cellent egg cup! ๐ŸฆšWe've got a whole range of peacock themed goodies in our shop, from mugs, ...
04/08/2021

Look at this absolutely egg-cellent egg cup! ๐Ÿฆš

We've got a whole range of peacock themed goodies in our shop, from mugs, aprons & tea towels, hanging decorations - and of course these egg cups! ๐Ÿฆš

Look at this absolutely egg-cellent egg cup! ๐Ÿฆš

We've got a whole range of peacock themed goodies in our shop, from mugs, aprons & tea towels, hanging decorations - and of course these egg cups! ๐Ÿฆš

On this day 110 years ago Andrew Carnegie was presented with the freedom of the city of Liverpool for his gift of four l...
03/08/2021

On this day 110 years ago Andrew Carnegie was presented with the freedom of the city of Liverpool for his gift of four libraries.
One of our Curator's favourite objects in our collection is the casket in which Carnegie received his freedom certificate in as it is shaped after one of the libraries (Sefton Park)! Carnegie also received an album of watercolour drawings of all four libraries - what a beautiful way to celebrate these amazing places of learning!
Liverpool Central Library

We just found out a good Monday fact that a group of Peacocks are called a pride or ostentation, we're pretty fond of th...
02/08/2021

We just found out a good Monday fact that a group of Peacocks are called a pride or ostentation, we're pretty fond of the latter! ๐Ÿฆš๐Ÿฆš๐Ÿฆš

New Wild Republic Peacocks (big & small) in our shop this week, the little ones match the new chicks in Pittencrieff Park's aviary! ๐Ÿฅš

30/07/2021
Last week we got a restock of Sketching Fife prints. Gorgeous as ever, these prints capture some of Dunfermline & West F...
29/07/2021

Last week we got a restock of Sketching Fife prints. Gorgeous as ever, these prints capture some of Dunfermline & West Fife's most beautiful sights. ๐ŸŒฟ

Framed ยฃ20 (Forth Bridge one ยฃ25 due to extra gold!) Selection of unmounted prints available too ยฃ15. Pop into our shop to have a browse.

On 27 July 1881 the memorial stone of the world's first Carnegie Free Library - our main library here in Dunfermline - w...
27/07/2021

On 27 July 1881 the memorial stone of the world's first Carnegie Free Library - our main library here in Dunfermline - was laid. What better time to unveil the fascinating story behind one of the best-loved paintings in our collection! Find it here ๐Ÿ‘‰
https://www.carnegiebirthplace.com/blog

On 27 July 1881 the memorial stone of the world's first Carnegie Free Library - our main library here in Dunfermline - was laid. What better time to unveil the fascinating story behind one of the best-loved paintings in our collection! Find it here ๐Ÿ‘‰
https://www.carnegiebirthplace.com/blog

We had lots of lovely visitors popping in over the weekend, who were enjoying the sunshine out and aboot in Dunfermline!...
26/07/2021

We had lots of lovely visitors popping in over the weekend, who were enjoying the sunshine out and aboot in Dunfermline! Saturday's #VisitorsoftheDay were sisters Selina and Freya from Kirkcaldy, who successfully completed the Summer Safari #HQExplorer Past-Port. Good job girls!

Past-Port activities available until 15th August, so a couple more weeks to get involved!

We had lots of lovely visitors popping in over the weekend, who were enjoying the sunshine out and aboot in Dunfermline! Saturday's #VisitorsoftheDay were sisters Selina and Freya from Kirkcaldy, who successfully completed the Summer Safari #HQExplorer Past-Port. Good job girls!

Past-Port activities available until 15th August, so a couple more weeks to get involved!

A lot of museum staff's work happens behind the scenes. On this #MuseumMonday we would like to thank Association of Inde...
26/07/2021

A lot of museum staff's work happens behind the scenes. On this #MuseumMonday we would like to thank Association of Independent Museums, Pilgrim Trust and the The Institute of Conservation for giving us a grant that enabled us to take the first steps towards improving conditions in our collections store. Fluctuations in temperature and humidity can cause permanent damage to collections. We are so glad that we are now able to start tackling this problem!

Time for some Saturday Squirrels! These little critters landed in our shop last week, aren't they cute? ๐Ÿฟ๏ธ๐Ÿฟ๏ธAll shop pur...
24/07/2021

Time for some Saturday Squirrels! These little critters landed in our shop last week, aren't they cute? ๐Ÿฟ๏ธ๐Ÿฟ๏ธ

All shop purchases support the museum and allow us to continue doing great things, so whether that's a small squirrel, book, or just a small donation, it all counts so remember to have a nosey in our shop when you pay us a visit.

Time for some Saturday Squirrels! These little critters landed in our shop last week, aren't they cute? ๐Ÿฟ๏ธ๐Ÿฟ๏ธ

All shop purchases support the museum and allow us to continue doing great things, so whether that's a small squirrel, book, or just a small donation, it all counts so remember to have a nosey in our shop when you pay us a visit.

Another excellent post day yesterday, and certainly no filter required for these bloominโ€™ lovely bothies! Each wee bothy...
22/07/2021

Another excellent post day yesterday, and certainly no filter required for these bloominโ€™ lovely bothies! Each wee bothy is handmade so no two are exactly the same - but the bright colours give them a nice modern twist!

Available in our shop in multiple colours ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒผ

It was a delight, nay, an honour to welcome today's Visitor of the Day!This is is Ceitidh Miller, who voiced bunny numbe...
21/07/2021

It was a delight, nay, an honour to welcome today's Visitor of the Day!

This is is Ceitidh Miller, who voiced bunny number 6 on our museum's audio bunny tour. The tour was recorded a few years ago when she was in P6 at Pittencrieff Primary School. How cute! ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฐ

Many thanks to Ceitidh's family for suitably embarrassing her, sure she'll get her own back one day...

It was a delight, nay, an honour to welcome today's Visitor of the Day!

This is is Ceitidh Miller, who voiced bunny number 6 on our museum's audio bunny tour. The tour was recorded a few years ago when she was in P6 at Pittencrieff Primary School. How cute! ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฐ

Many thanks to Ceitidh's family for suitably embarrassing her, sure she'll get her own back one day...

Our collections jigsaw this month takes you to the 1870s Japan. The photograph depicts a racecourse, possibly the Negish...
21/07/2021

Our collections jigsaw this month takes you to the 1870s Japan. The photograph depicts a racecourse, possibly the Negishi Racecourse in Yokohama. It was the first purpose-built European-style racecourse in Japan. It opened in 1866 at the urging of the residents of the foreign settlement. Andrew Carnegie travelled to Japan in 1879 - this is one of the many souvenir photographs he purchased on his trip.

Find the jigsaw here: https://www.carnegiebirthplace.com/jigsaws

Our collections jigsaw this month takes you to the 1870s Japan. The photograph depicts a racecourse, possibly the Negishi Racecourse in Yokohama. It was the first purpose-built European-style racecourse in Japan. It opened in 1866 at the urging of the residents of the foreign settlement. Andrew Carnegie travelled to Japan in 1879 - this is one of the many souvenir photographs he purchased on his trip.

Find the jigsaw here: https://www.carnegiebirthplace.com/jigsaws

We've got some tickets left for next week's Baby Bobbins sessions - although a lot have already been reserved through ou...
20/07/2021
Bobbin Babies - Bunnies Songs and Sensory Play Session

We've got some tickets left for next week's Baby Bobbins sessions - although a lot have already been reserved through our advanced mailing list!

If you'd like to reserve a free spot for our Bunny themed sensory play and songs session, think fast! We're still running limited numbers so they get booked up quickly.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bobbin-babies-bunnies-songs-and-sensory-play-session-tickets-163159597749

Join us for our next Early Years Songs & Sensory Play Bobbins session! July's theme is Bunnies & Rabbits!

19/07/2021
Only 10 days left to see our community exhibition Berrylaw Perspective! Come and see how local art aficionados were insp...
15/07/2021

Only 10 days left to see our community exhibition Berrylaw Perspective! Come and see how local art aficionados were inspired by a panoramic view of Dunfermline. Here is a sneak peek of some of the work on display.

New week and new goodies in our museum shop! The orange knitted Diplodocus has got some new pals in turquoise and rainbo...
13/07/2021

New week and new goodies in our museum shop! The orange knitted Diplodocus has got some new pals in turquoise and rainbow colour, as well as green T-rexes. Which one is your favourite? We love them all!๐Ÿ˜

New week and new goodies in our museum shop! The orange knitted Diplodocus has got some new pals in turquoise and rainbow colour, as well as green T-rexes. Which one is your favourite? We love them all!๐Ÿ˜

Some new exciting stock has landed in our museum shop! Spread some Dunfermline love with these fun prints and postcards ...
09/07/2021

Some new exciting stock has landed in our museum shop! Spread some Dunfermline love with these fun prints and postcards by local artist Alan Grieve! Get yours now ๐Ÿคฉ

Some new exciting stock has landed in our museum shop! Spread some Dunfermline love with these fun prints and postcards by local artist Alan Grieve! Get yours now ๐Ÿคฉ

Our little wish tree in the museum hall is proving very popular with our wee visitors. From wishing for world peace, a n...
07/07/2021

Our little wish tree in the museum hall is proving very popular with our wee visitors. From wishing for world peace, a new baby brother, to 1000000000000000000 lemurs - no wish or hope is too big or small. โœจ

Also same Freya. Thanks for giving us a chuckle this morning. ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ˜‚

We've had quite a few of you through our door doing the SUMMER SAFARI PAST-PORT and it's been great to see folk explorin...
06/07/2021

We've had quite a few of you through our door doing the SUMMER SAFARI PAST-PORT and it's been great to see folk exploring our venue!

Today's Visitors of the Day are Fergus and Campbell who enjoyed finding the animals hidden in our museum. They even made some delightful binoculars before their visit so they could be proper explorers. Why not have a go yourselves? ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธ

You can complete the activities throughout the holidays, doesn't have to be on one day - and remember you have to book for the Abbey Church! Some venues are closed on certain days also so double check!

We've had quite a few of you through our door doing the SUMMER SAFARI PAST-PORT and it's been great to see folk exploring our venue!

Today's Visitors of the Day are Fergus and Campbell who enjoyed finding the animals hidden in our museum. They even made some delightful binoculars before their visit so they could be proper explorers. Why not have a go yourselves? ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธ

You can complete the activities throughout the holidays, doesn't have to be on one day - and remember you have to book for the Abbey Church! Some venues are closed on certain days also so double check!

Say hello to our latest Visitor of the Day - the lovely Jack who came to visit the museum and complete their Summer Safa...
05/07/2021

Say hello to our latest Visitor of the Day - the lovely Jack who came to visit the museum and complete their Summer Safari PAST-PORT. Good job on finding all the animals Jack, you are a tip-top Heritage Quarter Explorer! ๐Ÿฆ

Collect 4 stamps at Dunfermline's heritage venues and receive a nice woven patch of Dunfermline as a wee prize! Remember to double check if you need to book in advance (e.g. Abbey is doing pre-bookings only!) and if venues are closed certain days (e.g. Carnegie Library/Galleries is closed Tuesdays!) We'd hate for you to be disappointed!

Say hello to our latest Visitor of the Day - the lovely Jack who came to visit the museum and complete their Summer Safari PAST-PORT. Good job on finding all the animals Jack, you are a tip-top Heritage Quarter Explorer! ๐Ÿฆ

Collect 4 stamps at Dunfermline's heritage venues and receive a nice woven patch of Dunfermline as a wee prize! Remember to double check if you need to book in advance (e.g. Abbey is doing pre-bookings only!) and if venues are closed certain days (e.g. Carnegie Library/Galleries is closed Tuesdays!) We'd hate for you to be disappointed!

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Moodie St
Dunfermline
KY12 7PL

Opening Hours

Monday 11am - 4pm
Tuesday 11am - 4pm
Wednesday 11am - 4pm
Thursday 11am - 4pm
Friday 11am - 4pm
Saturday 11am - 4pm
Sunday 11am - 4pm

Telephone

01383 724302

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Hello everyone, I was just wondering if there was going to be any activities on in the Easter holiday for the children ๐Ÿฃ
Congratulations on being the first ever Scottish winner of the Kids in Museums Awards - the best family friendly small museum AND the overall family friendly winner!
My wife and I visited last Saturday, the 21st. It was our first time at the museum and we found it very friendly and informative. The lady who was working at the front desk (I never caught her name) was lovely. She talked away to us about the museum and the Carnegie family, she was a very knowledgeable and extremely polite. We ended up spending about 2 hours there and thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you Here are some images I took on my phone whilst there. https://www.facebook.com/2090861124547329/posts/2205946053038835/
Great museum for visitors of all ages to learn about the inspirational โ€œrags to richesโ€ story of Andrew Carnegie who was born and raised, during his early life, in this cradle of Philanthropy.
Tell that to the families and descendants of the Homestead Riots when Flick & Carnegie sent in the Pinkerton Private Army armed with Wi******er Rifles to break what was then a peaceful strike.
Myself and the other leaders of 1st Fordell Firs cubs would like to say thank you to Lynsey and co for such a great night. All young people and adults really had a great time, we would thoroughly recommend a visit! Thank you
Just wanted to say a huge thank you to the member of staff in today, think he was called Ronni. I came in as a childminder with 5 children and he was amazing with them and very helpful, the kids had a ball ๐Ÿ˜Š