In 1895 the Birthplace Cottage was bought as a surprise 60th birthday present for Andrew Carnegie by his wife Louise and then let out to tenants. With the creation of the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust in 1903, a caretaker was installed and in 1908 it was first opened to the public. In 1909 Andrew Carnegie wrote in the visitors book 'First visit to my birthplace. The humble home of honest poverty... Best heritage when one has a heroine for a mother.' The day that Dunfermline put out the flags for its benefactor Andrew Carnegie is captured in the celebrated oil painting 'The Dunfermline Demonstrations' - today the focal point of the foyer in the Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum, Dunfermline. After the death of her husband (11th August 1919) Mrs. Carnegie proposed and funded the erection of a Memorial Treasure House adjoining the Birthplace. The linked buildings of the Cottage and Memorial Hall were formally opened on 28th June 1928, the ceremony beginning with the switching on by Carnegie's grandchildren of a granite water fountain quarried on Carnegie's Highland estate of Skibo, near Dornoch.
November-March Daily 1400-1600 April-October Mon-Sat 1100-1700 Sun 1400-1700 June-August Mon-Sat 1100-1700
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Facilities and services
- Education facilities available
- Meeting room available
- Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
- Wheelchair access to some public areas
- Wheelchairs available for loan
Weaving demonstrations take place on the first Friday of the month from May. Ian Dale of Angus Handloom Weavers operates the loom on the ground floor of the Birthplace Cottage and maintains it in working order. Viewing of a DVD showing Ian working at the loom is available on request when he is not in residence.
- Adult lectures and courses held
- Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
- Direct teaching services for schools
- Foreign language leaflet or brochure available
- Member of staff available with responsibility for education
- Object identification and/or written enquiry service
- Pre-booking service for groups
- Primary school education service available
- Secondary school education service available
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