Learn our story through our exhibits

No trip to Greyfriars is complete without a look at our small-but-perfectly-formed museum, nestled underneath the organ at the West End of the Kirk.

The museum was installed in its current form in 2012, and expands on the evolving story of Greyfriars, illustrating the Kirk’s important milestones and events, and displays some important objects from our history.

Central to this, and one of the most important exhibits, is an original copy of the National Covenant, which was signed and adopted in Greyfriars Kirk in 1638. This was a crucial development in a turbulent period in Scotland’s history, revolving around religious and civil freedom, and played a central role in the history of Scotland, and the development of Protestantism.

Apart from the National Covenant, there is an oil painting of Greyfriars Bobby, dating from 1867, a King James VI Bible and other texts, and several examples of early communion plate.

The museum also displays our current work, including our partnerships with the Grassmarket Project and the Charteris Centre.

The museum is open to visitors at the same time as the rest of the Kirk – pop in and see how much you can discover!