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Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum

Moodie Street
KY12 7PL

The museum has recently undergone a major upgrade which includes new touch-screen displays and stunning graphics.

In the cottage where the millionaire benefactor was born in 1835 is told the family's story prior to their emigration to the United States. A working Jaquard handloom, similar to that used by Andrew's father, is sited on the ground floor and clacks into action on the first Friday of every summer month.

Exhibition Hall

Adjoining the birthplace cottage is the Memorial Hall endowed by Mrs Louise Carnegie to chart the meteoric business career of her husband, Andrew from bobbin boy, telegraph operator and railroad developer to Steel King of America.

The empire he forged in the steel furnaces of Pittsburgh was sold in 1901 for $400 million and Andrew Carnegie retired from business life as the richest man in the world. However, this man of steel had a heart of gold for he believed that the rich were merely trustees of their wealth and should distribute it for the elevation and benefit of humanity. By the time of his death in 1919 he had given away over $350 million to provide free libraries, church organs, schools and colleges.

On display are many of the treasures showered on Mr Carnegie by grateful towns, cities and institutions throughout the world. Also featured are the Trusts and foundations which he established in Britain, Europe and America. They still serve humanity today by distributing over $150 every minute.


  • Museum shop

  • Free car parking

  • Disabled facilities

  • Coach Drop-off

  • Coffee area

  • Admission Free

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    Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum Postcode for SatNav: KY12 7PL


    +44 (0)1383 724 302
    +44 (0)1383 749 799

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