Visiting with your family

The Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum is a fantastic place to visit with your family! Bunnies, dinosaurs, LEGO and more, there is lots for you to get involved in and lots of fun, family-friendly activities around the site to keep everyone entertained! Keep an eye out for our yellow family friendly areas during you visit!

Winner of the 2019 Kids In Museum Family Friendly Award

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6. Dress up as a Victorian, a dinosaur or an explorer (or all three!)

7. Test your memory by playing the Victorian ‘Kim’s Game’ and see if you can complete the maze and help the Carnegies get to America

8. Build a LEGO dinosaur and send in a picture for our Dinosaur gallery

9. See if you can send a message in Morse Code - can everyone understand it? Can you complete the challenge cards?

10. Create your own train to take home in our make and take activity station in the Hall

Ten things for families to do at the Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum:

  1. Enjoy reading a story or playing with toys in the Pittencrieff Park play area

  2. Count how many bunnies you can see hiding around the Museum. Did you know Andrew Carnegie had pet bunnies? He got his friends to help him look after them and collect food and in return would name the baby bunnies after them. He calls this his first business venture!

  3. Have a go at weaving like Andrew Carnegie’s dad

  4. Use one of our explorer activity backpacks when you are looking around the Museum

  5. Play with dinosaurs in Jurassic Park - a small area in the garden


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Frequently Asked Questions…

How much does it cost to visit the Museum? The Museum is FREE, although we are always very happy to receive donations.

Is the museum family-friendly? We love welcoming families to the Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum and have lots of activities for families to take part in and enjoy during your visit.

But don’t just take our word for it, here is what some of our family visitors have to say….

  • “This small museum is packed with activities and things to see. Try doing Morse Code with the kids or finding out the relevance of the local of the Heinz Beans tin. Staff very helpful and sociable. Well worth a visit!” TripAdvisor review

  • “Great place of interest. Child-friendly. Had a great time, granddaughter loved this place. All in all a defo 10:10.” TripAdvisor review

  • “I love comeing here!” Visitor book comment from one of our young visitors

  • “Very enjoyable. Great activities for kids.” Facebook review.

Are buggies allowed in the Museum? Buggies are allowed on the ground floor of the Museum and the Museum Hall. Due to the historic nature of the cottage (particularly the upstairs) it is impractical to take buggies into this area. Staff will be able to show you where you can leave your buggy and will be nearby to keep an eye on it.

Where can we eat? The Museum does not have a café, however we do have snacks available from the museum shop and a coffee machine and seating area. We allow families to eat packed lunches and snacks in this area. We can also recommend places to eat nearby.

What facilities do you have available? We have a high-chair available and also welcome breastfeeding on site. There are booster steps available in the toilets and in the Museum Hall if needed.

How accessible is the Museum? To find out more about access at the Museum, please see our Facilities and Access page.

Is photography allowed? Yes. However, flash photography is not permitted in the cottage or the Museum Hall.

Does the Museum offer family workshops? Absolutely, we offer a year round programme of free events for families. Find out more on our ‘What’s On’ page.

Can I have my child’s birthday party at the Museum? We do have a space available for hire for a small fee in the Museum. Please contact to find out more.

How can I find out more? If you want to keep up-to-date with what is happening at the Museum you can sign up for our mailing list or check out our Facebook Page. If you have any other questions, please just get in touch by emailing

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