National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

4.7
#2 of 502 in Museums in Scotland
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. Before you visit Edinburgh, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
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  • The National Museum of Scotland is one of my favorite things to experience while in Edinburgh. If you love history & awesome architecture to boot - this is your place! Had lunch here as well & it was ...  more »
  • Lots of things to see and do for all ages! Fun and interesting history. Though few toilets for such a large building.
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  • A great place for both Adults and Children. There are so many different "Nooks and Crannys" in the Museum that we MUST have missed something! We, a party of 3 Adults & 2 Children (Ages 6 & 10) thoroug...  more »
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  • Well..what can I say...refreshingly brilliant!! LESS REALLY IS MORE!! By not packing stuff in to the rafters, like they do in London museums, it allows time to really see and absorb the items. Far far better engagement, especially for youngsters. Great mix of everything, things, like tech, really stimulating. Even had art and cultural iconic mix of ceramic, furniture, glass...just inspiring. To whomever coordinated and selected you did a great job!!
  • Amazing museum, very informative and educational. Lots of things to discover, history of Scotland, science, wildlife just to name a few. Absolutely fascinating.There's a free guide tour at 11am. Our guide, Andrew was incredible, his knowledge of the museum and it's history was astonishing. One of the best museums I've have ever been to.
  • One of the best museums you can go to and definitely a place you have to visit if you are a tourist in the city. There is no entry fee, tonnes of exhibits and lots of opportunities to take great photos. There is usually an exhibition on that you will pay more to see but the museum is so big that you can be there all day without having to worry about paying to see more.
  • This was an incredible Museum! I did not have enough time to fully explore it but enjoyed my short visit. It is free to enter although they do ask for a donation. It has lots of exhibits including the history of Scotland, a fashion exhibition and much more. It is very impressive to walk through and I imagine it is a kids dream. They have a huge room with all sorts of interactive activities which looked like a lot of fun!
  • Great section about the history of Scotland, very enjoyable! I think if they made a 'trail' to follow for this, it would improve the experience, as it wasn't clear where to start each section. Other than that, the sections on the Jacobite Rebellions were full of rich detail, with great pieces to look at! And it's all for free!? Please do donate as it is such a great place.
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