WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR VISIT TO THE ANDREW CARNEGIE BIRTHPLACE MUSEUM
The museum was fully refurbished in 2009, offering a variety of resources to educate and entertain all age ranges.
There are two parts for you to discover:
The original Birthplace Cottage where Andrew Carnegie was born, built in the 1770s, has been restored to look as it would have done during Andrew Carnegie’s childhood in the 1840s. With cramped living spaces upstairs, the cottage also boasts a weaver’s workshop with a working damask linen handloom downstairs.
The Exhibition Hall was built between 1925-1928 and tells the story of Andrew Carnegie in America and his transition from a bobbin boy to a capitalist, and his determination to give away nearly 90% ($350 million) of his personal fortune to various organisations and world peace initiatives.
The museum displays offer something for everyone whether you are interested in:
• Victorian and Edwardian history
• Carnegie institutions and legacy around the world
• Decorative arts
• World politics and peace initiatives before the First World War
• Dressing up in historic costume
• Seeking for hidden treasures
• Trying to be a philanthropist.