National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

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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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  • 3 generations of our family came to see this museum and every one of us found something to like and it’s all free. Brilliant day out, we were here most of the day and still didn’t see everything. We s...  more »
  • This museum is a thicket between science, history, and natural history, you can see everything! the building is impressive from the inside by its interesting collection architecture.petite, to see if we have time
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  • Although the Museum is not the legextrább I've ever seen, but it's very much an interactive interface and game play is what I think adults and kids alike enjoy (at least we were back and forth to the szélerőműépítős game). In addition, if people look only to the permanent exhibition, the whole free. When we went, there was plenty of room, family-run the stroller easy throughout the building and the children are also welcome.
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  • This place was great for kids and adults. Lots to keep the kids entertained and very interactive. We have been to the science and natural history museum's in London and this topped those for us. The science area was great, the kids would have been happy to stay here all day. Free entry as well although it was definitely worth much more than the recommended £5 per person donation. You can also drop in for an hour just to play the reaction game like we did another day.
  • This is a really well laid out museum. It's not too big and you can see a lot in a relatively short space of time. The atrium is really impressive with it's glass ceiling giving a lot of natural light and a great feeling of space. Many of the exhibits are interactive and very educational. Unlike other museums I didn't feel overwhelmed by the number and variety of exhibits. The cafe is very good : different types of teas and coffees as well as hot and cold snacks.
  • Edinburgh has the best museum which needs to seen to be believed. Hours of knowledge and if you go as a family kids have fun activities and interactions they can take part in which is great. The gift shops provide quality items that offer value for money and the cafe brings it all together making the day a proper day out. You can easy spend 3hrs plus taken in the sights and fully walking round the whole museum. Staff are great for any queries as well. Highly recommended if visiting Edinburgh.
  • Free entry! Proper museum, but with many displays about modern stuff, and lots of hands-on & interactive things to entertain and educate children and teenagers alike. Beautiful building inside too. We'll worth a visit, especially on a rainy day! There is a 'lunch area' for if you want to bring your own food (as you really could spend all day in it). Plenty of restaurants very close by to nip out to as well. Highly recommended.
  • Very huge and amazing place. I am not a museum going person but I would definitely recommend this. I was there for 2 hours and feel like I have seen less than 10%. It's so massive and have excellent collection across various fields. The entrance to the museum is absolutely free and interested visitors can offer their donation. At the entrance they provide free maps of the museum. I would recommend visitors to take that so that u won't miss any gallery or room. Art and history lover's can easily spend a complete day in here without getting bored. Photography is allowed here but just that you are requested no to use flash. Even you can professional digital camera inside the museum.
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