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Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

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#3 of 14 in Childrens Museums in Scotland
Take a trip through space and time at Dynamic Earth, a science center situated at the foot of Edinburgh’s Salisbury Crags. Opened in 1999, the center was the centerpiece of an urban regeneration plan meant to bring vitality to a former industrial zone. Today, the center teaches visitors about the processes that shaped our planet over millions of years, from the Big Bang to abiogenesis, plate tectonics, and glaciation. Use the center’s 3D and 4D interactive exhibits to witness the creation of the Earth, and then follow the planet through millions of years of evolution, touching, feeling, and smelling the adventure as you proceed through history. Visit the site’s ShowDome to see 360-degree dome films about astronomy and space exploration. Using our custom trip planner, Edinburgh attractions like Dynamic Earth can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Went to see Double Dome, Dark Side of the Moon Pink Floyd on Saturday night. Absolutely fantastic and glad they put on extra dates otherwise would have missed it. Highly recommend as well as been duri...  more »
  • Really interesting. Was maybe a bit too old to go with my friend as we remembered what happens as we went with the school. But overall fun and staff are really friendly and helpful.  more »
  • Good experience as kids were able to explore the earth's evolution and journey . Good visuals and multimedia to add to the experience. Best was the dome show " we are Stars", worth a watch  more »
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  • Very nice and interesting. If you have a child and the weather is not so good, take a look! Time machine is fantastic. The 4d is disabled, only 2d works fine! The bar/restaurant is not so big, so if you want eat something bring from home.
  • Really enjoyed this exhibit, apart from the stupid utterly inconsiderate parents of a small child that despite crying and screaming through one of the cinema experiences kept it there to spoil everyone else' experience. Having been in similar situations myself when my son was younger I would leave so as not to spoil everyone else' fun may you get no sleep tonight as karma and contract nappy rash on your face you vile filth womble. That being said it was really good fun and I would recommend this to anyone other than people with children under the age that you can control their volume.
  • What can I say about Dynamic Earth? It is a must! I adore this wonderful place both with my adult and my child's eyes... Amazing!
  • My husband and I went together. It was pretty awesome! Nice full experience, great way to spend a couple hours if you like science and there's a really nice gift shop.
  • What a fantastic place to visit. A wonderful tour through history about the geology and prehistory of Edinburgh. Wonderful exhibit and very well done. I would recommend it for kids 5 and up and the whole family. Get early if you are driving to make use of the car park underneath or take public transport. There is a fantastic bus service which take some you there and it's right next to the parliament building and a hop and a skip from holyrood palace and Arthur Seat. Lots to do. There is a canteen in the place and it's good food. Hot food, healthy options and a good selection for kids.

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