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National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

(4.6/5 based on 12,000+ reviews on the web)
National Museum of Scotland combines one museum on Scottish antiquities, culture, and history and another on technology, natural history, and world cultures to create one of Britain's best facilities for learning and discovery. The overall collection is vast, so look at a map before visiting and choose the galleries you most want to see. A few of the many highlights include a Tyrannosaurus rex fossil, a mummy mask, and numerous objects that once belonged to Mary, Queen of Scots. Entrance to the museum is free, and you can check items in the cloakroom for a small fee. Check the daily schedule of free themed tours before visiting to see if any interest you. The Museum Brasserie and the Balcony Cafe both serve food and drink. Plan to visit National Museum of Scotland during your Edinburgh vacation using our convenient Edinburgh travel itinerary maker.
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  • This is worth seeing for the Scotland exhibit which covers 4 floors. Rest of museum is also well exhibited with documentation. They also host special events after closing. Two small cafes with chairs ...  more »
  • This is a must when in Edinburgh, please allow a good few hours to appreciate every thing even at that you would want to come back.  more »
  • As I was a whole month in Edinburgh I went several times to this Museum and I couldn't see everything. Is it worth getting with one of the guided tours since the ira guide you direct part might interest you. It was striking to discover the large Scottish contributions to humanity, and are many.
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  • One of the best museums in the world, with such a wide variety of exhibits almost anyone will find at least one section which interests them, and a superb job at captioning to explain what the exhibits are and why they're significant. (Although, the new half of the museum which deals with Scotland's history does tend to ignore the existence of England, Wales, Ireland and those parts of Scotland which aren't either Edinburgh or the Highlands. If you went only by the captions here you'd think that the Industrial Revolution, the British Empire, the Second World War etc were all purely Scottish affairs, and you'd be hard-pressed to find anything that even admits that Glasgow exists let alone that anything important ever happened there.)
  • Great day out with free entry Has a good cafe for lunch and afternoon tea. Lots to see and do in the museum. Things to touch and feel for the children was good. Worth finding the roof garden for a great all round view of the city.
  • Unfortunately I only had 2 hours to discover this lovely museum and it wasn't enough! Great for kids and plenty of exhibits to tickle anyone's fancy. The nature photo's exhibit is especially recommended.
  • Amazing museum! One of the most enjoyable I have been. We bumped into it and decided to give it a try, ended up having a great afternoon. I love the variety of exhibitions and how interactive the museum is. The LEGO version of it next to the café was just superb :)
  • Could be better signage for how to navigate exhibitions. Quite a few interactive elements weren't working. Would love more explanations of how tech in tech section works.